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Funding Guide: Solicitations

EarthCube: Enterprise Governance

Sponsor

National Science Foundation

Deadlines

Final: 12/14/2015

Summary

EarthCube is a community-driven activity to transform the conduct of geosciences research and education, sponsored through a partnership between the NSF Directorate of Geosciences and Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. EarthCube aims to create a well-connected and facile environment to share data and knowledge in an open, transparent, and inclusive manner, thus accelerating the ability of the geosciences community to understand and predict the Earth system. Achieving EarthCube will require a long-term dialog between NSF and the interested scientific communities to develop cyberinfrastructure that is thoughtfully and systematically built to meet the current and future needs of geoscientists. The critical importance of a community-driven and operated governance structure for EarthCube activities has been highlightedin the past severalyears of EarthCube development. The EarthCube Test Enterprise Governance Project has recommended an EarthCube Governance Framework which describes the organizational units and functionsnecessary for EarthCube Governance. The EarthCube Governance Framework is intended to be a living document with review and revision by the community as required for the changing needs of EarthCube. This solicitation seeks the services of a qualified organization to provide a science support office for EarthCube governance. This organization will provide the services required to maintain and manage the community governance structures andsupport the activities articulated within the EarthCube Governance Framework documents.

Category

Environmental Science

Keywords

geosciences, EarthCube, governance

For more information, see the full announcement here.

NOI: Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD)

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Deadlines

Final: None*

Summary

The SunShot Initiative is targeting an unsubsidized levelized cost of energy of $0.06/kWh by 2020 for utility-scale systems to enable the cost competitiveness of solar electricity with conventional energy sources.  As greater penetrations of PV are connected to the grid, LCOE values must fall further to allow for the additional costs of grid integration for an intermittent energy source, such as storage and advanced power electronics. This potential FOA intends to support 15 to 25 projects that will advance PV technology towards or beyond the 2020 SunShot goal. Successful applicants will demonstrate a convincing ability to improve the limits of power conversion efficiency, fielded energy output, service lifetime, or manufacturability for commercial and emerging PV technologies. This funding opportunity has an anticipated total budget of $18 million. EERE plans to issue the FOA on or about September 8th, 2015.

Category

Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords

Solar, photovoltaics

For more information, see the full announcement here.

Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Deadlines

Initial: 9/21/2015

Final: 11/13/2015

Summary

BETO is issuing this Incubator 2 FOA to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help meet existing goals but are not currently represented in a significant way in the BETO’s Multi-year Program Plan and current project portfolio.

Topic Area 1: Algae Feedstocks R&D. Topic 1 will be open to all proposals that propose the development of  novel, non‐ incremental technologies that facilitate the goals of the Algae Feedstocks R&D platform, but are not represented in a significant way in the current Algae Feedstocks R&D project portfolio. 

Topic Area 2: Terrestrial Feedstocks Supply Logistics and Conversion R&D. Topic 2 will be open to all proposals that propose the development of develop novel, non‐incremental technologies that facilitate the goals of the Terrestrial Feedstocks Supply Logistics and Conversion platforms, but are not represented in a significant way in the current Terrestrial Feedstocks Supply Logistics and Conversion R&D project portfolio.

Category

Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords

bioenergy, algae, terrestrial feedstocks, supply logistics

For more information, see the full announcement here.

RFI: Ion Conductors for Electrochemical Cells

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Energy - Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy

Deadlines

Final: None*

Summary

ARPA-E seeks input from researchers and technologists from a broad range of fields on how to achieve transformational gains in the ability to selectively conduct ions in electrochemical cells with significant impacts on ARPA-E mission areas. ARPA-E is particularly interested in ideas that will realize the full set of attributes required by a practical electrochemical device. In addition to ion (and optionally electron) selectivity, such attributes typically include suitable ionic and electronic conductivity, chemical and thermal stability, mechanical properties, cost-effective manufacturing and device integration, and others required by a particular application (e.g., density and thickness are of particular importance for mobile applications). ARPA-E seeks innovations that are deeply informed by the inextricable links among materials, fabrication, and the device or process context.

Category

Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords

electrochemistry, electronic conductivity

For more information, see the full announcement here.

Solar Decathlon Program Administrator

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Deadlines

Initial: 9/17/2015

Final: 10/29/2015

Summary

DOE seeks applicants to its Solar Decathlon Program Administrator. The Solar Decathlon’s wide audience includes collegiate student teams, the building industry, the sustainable and clean energy industries, homeowners, and general public consumers. The student teams pursue multidisciplinary approaches to meet DOE’s requirements in designing, building, and operating energy-efficient, solar-powered houses. The program’s technology showcase educates the attending public and industry professionals about the benefits, affordability, and availability of clean energy solutions, with research papers, media coverage, and digital outreach serving as tools to amplify this message. This includes program identifying and providing the competition location/venue, soliciting sponsorships, hosting the competitions, awarding prize money to the competitors, and promoting the mission and goals of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through educational programs and outreach. A key near-term requirement will be to identify a new location/venue for the 2017 Solar Decathlon.

Category

Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords

Solar, program administration, energy efficient housing, student programs

For more information, see the full announcement here.

2017 Solar Decathlon College Team Competition

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Deadlines

Initial: 9/17/2015

Final: 10/29/2015

Summary

EERE seeks applicants to its 2017 Solar Decathlon College Team Competition. The student teams pursue multidisciplinary approaches to meet DOE’s requirements in designing, building, and operating energy-efficient, solar-powered houses. The program’s technology showcase educates the attending public and industry professionals about the benefits, affordability, and availability of clean energy solutions, with research papers, media coverage, and digital outreach serving as tools to amplify this message. For the Solar Decathlon 2017, DOE will award up to $2,000,000 in prizes to teams that are selected to participate via this Notice, and that bring an eligible house to the Solar Decathlon competition. The prizes will be awarded to the same 20 lead organizational entities that submit applications to DOE under this competition and are selected by DOE to compete, and that complete a house for the Solar Decathlon. Recipients will receive no Federal funding up front, but will be eligible for prize money upon completion of the competition. The competition is open to all collegiate teams in the United States and around the world, but the focus is on design solutions for the United States.

Category

Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords

solar, energy efficient housing, student programs

For more information, see the full announcement here.

Updated 9/1/15