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Funding Guide: Solicitations

Clean and Renewable Energy Solicitations

Environmental Science Solicitations

Indoor Environmental Quality Solicitations

Water Resources Solicitations

Miscellaneous Solicitations

 

 


FY16 Technology Innovation Funding Opportunity Announcement

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of Energy - Bonneville Power Administration

Deadlines:         Initial: 3/27/2015          Final: 5/1/2015

Summary:          The following is a Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) competitive announcement for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Technology Innovation Portfolio. BPA’s Technology Innovation (TI) Office conducts an annual opportunity announcement for projects that advance technologies based on agency guidance and strategic needs identified in the agency’s Technology Roadmaps and Focus Area. BPA uses a two-phase process to identify and select these potential research and development opportunities. In Phase 1, BPA will accept concept papers and detailed supporting information for consideration. In Phase 2, BPA will then invite those parties who met the qualifying criteria to submit full applications under this announcement. BPA is interested in receiving proposals that address technologies and/or technology gaps that enhance BPA’s ability to monitor, control and use the BPA’s FCRPS (hydro, transmission, energy efficiency & demand response) assets in an integrated manner to operate the system in a flexible manner to manage real-time operational requirements, fluctuations in load-resource balance and within-hour dispatch of energy.

Category:          Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords:         energy efficiency, load-resource balance, demand response

For more information, see the full announcement here.


U.S. Wind Manufacturing: Larger Blades to Access Greater Wind Resources and Lower Costs

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

Deadlines:         Initial: 4/17/2015          Final: 5/28/2015

Summary:          This FOA supports Research and Development (R&D) partnerships leading to innovative designs and processes for the manufacturing and assembly of wind turbine blades in order to facilitate deployment of the next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbines. Supported projects will develop cost-competitive integrated solutions that address the challenges of fabricating, transporting overland, and assembling rotor blades longer than 60m, with design concepts scalable to greater lengths, and installing them at wind turbine hub heights of at least 120m. This FOA is intended to be forward-looking in addressing U.S. market dynamics and domestic manufacturing opportunities through innovative solutions to constructing and assembling larger blades directly applicable to mitigating U.S. transportation constraints. Awards under the FOA will support partnerships between DOE and research and development (R&D) teams, including manufacturers. The objectives of this FOA are to: (1) Reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of land-based wind power in appropriate wind regimes by enabling the use of taller towers over their entire lifecycle; (2) Increase the wind turbine deployment opportunities in lower wind speed regions across the country; and (3) Increase U.S. competitiveness in alignment with the EERE Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI). Single Topic Area: This FOA is focused solely on R&D projects intended to raise the technology readiness level of large wind turbine blade manufacturing and installation concepts. New innovations in blade design as well as improvements in manufacturing and assembly processes are expected outcomes of this FOA.

Category:          Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords:         wind turbines, design and manufacturing, installation concepts, improved technology readiness

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Next Generation Electric Machines: Megawatt Class Motors

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

Deadlines:         Initial: 4/16/2015          Final: 6/3/2015

Summary:          This specific Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is focused on developing MV integrated drive systems that leverage the benefits of state of the art power electronics (i.e., wide band gap devices) with energy efficient, high speed, direct drive, megawatt (MW) class electric motors for efficiency and power density improvements in three primary areas: (1) chemical and petroleum refining industries; (2) natural gas infrastructure; and (3) general industrial applications. These application areas represent a significant number of motor installations, a large amount of electrical energy consumption, and significant opportunities for U.S. technology and manufacturing competitiveness.

Category:          Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords:         power electronics, MV integrated drive systems, energy efficiency

For more information, see the full announcement here.


RFI: Solar Big Data and Informatics*

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

Deadlines:         Final: 4/10/2015

Summary:          In order to reduce solar transaction costs (soft costs) and increase transparency and efficient pricing, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is exploring best strategies to support, expand, and streamline competitive and non-competitive efforts in the solar industry related to collecting, securing, managing, exchanging, and monetizing solar datasets, across the value chain in the U.S. from project origination to grid integration, operations, and decommissioning. Improved data availability reduces informational asymmetries, accelerates the maturity of solar related products and services, and increases solar deployment. Areas of key interest center on technical, economic, administrative, and legal barriers and opportunities to reduce costs of capital, lower operational risks, protect consumers, and increase efficient market activities. The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gather feedback from stakeholders prior to DOE potentially issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

Category:          Clean and Renewable Energy

Keywords:         solar energy, solar datasets, data availability, cost reduction, removing barriers

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Fiscal Year 2015 Pollution Prevention Grant Program

Sponsor:           Environmental Protection Agency

Deadlines:         Final: 5/14/2015

Summary:          EPA annually releases Pollution Prevention (P2) grant funds to state entities, federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia for the purpose of delivering technical assistance and/or training to businesses. P2 grant funding encourages businesses to adopt strategies and solutions that can significantly reduce or eliminate pollution from the source. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $3.97 million in P2 grant funding during Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 to states and tribes. Awards may be funded in the form of grants and/or cooperative agreements and will be issued and managed by EPA’s Regional Pollution Prevention Program Offices (herein referred to as the Regions). The amount of grant funding released is dependent upon Congressional appropriation and the quality of proposals received.

Category:          Environmental Science

Keywords:         pollution prevention, technical assistance, training, businesses

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, Great Lakes Northern Forests CESU

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of the Interior - Geological Survey

Deadlines:         Final: 3/30/2015

Summary:          The US Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research to support the project entitled "Science to Action Fellowship." The funding opportunity is being offered to develop a fellowship experience to expose students to the NCCWSC and also to support them in developing a policy-relevant product related to the impacts of climate change on fish and/or wildlife resources. This product should put science into action, applying scientific research directly to decision making about natural resources. It may be related to the graduate student's own research, and if so, may present a unique opportunity to enhance and share research with a broader community of decision makers. This unique educational opportunity will also offer a chance to interact with professionals within the USGS community and others outside of academia.

Category:          Environmental Science

Keywords:         fellowship program development, education, climate change impacts, environmental policy

For more information, see the full announcement here.


USAID Bureau for Food Security (BFS) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Climate Smart Agriculture

Sponsor:           U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Deadlines:         Initial: TBD*          Final: 3/16/2016*

Summary:          This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the research, development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective activities in the general area of Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA). The focus of this BAA is to identify innovative thinking, best practices and promising programs that will provide cost effective and practical options to respond to climate and weather related impacts on small holder farmer-based food and agriculture systems in low income countries. In many cases, such options and practices may provide a “double or triple win” by also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving agriculture income and productivity. Any opportunities for funding and partnering will be issued as Addenda to this BAA. In Addendum Number 01 to the Climate Smart Agriculture BAA, USAID seeks knowledge and solutions to the current problem of limited levels of private sector engagement and investment in Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) practices and technologies. The main focus of this work is to help smallholder-based food and agriculture systems in low-income countries adapt to climate and weather change impacts. The countries supported by the USG Feed the Future Initiative are the primary geographic focus. Collaboration opportunities that align with USAID’s focus value chains in the Feed the Future countries are particularly encouraged. More information on the Feed the Future Initiative and FTF focus and aligned countries can be found at www.feedthefuture.org.

Category:          Environmental Science; Miscellaneous

Keywords:         climate smart agriculture, climate and weather change impacts, low income countries, smallholder-focused agriculture systems

For more information, see the full announcement here.


NOI: Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles-Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (RFT-IMI)

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of Defense - Army

Deadlines:         Final: None*

Summary:          The purpose of this Notice is to announce the U.S. Government's intent to seek competition for the ninth Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) as part of the Administration's National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) initiative. It is the sixth IMI to be led by the Department of Defense (DOD). Of the eight Institutes previously announced by the President of the United States, five are led by DOD and three are led by the Department of Energy (DOE). The technical focus area for this Institute will be revolutionary fibers and textiles. The Institute will be referred to in the solicitation phase as the Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (RFT-IMI). Advances in fiber science have created fibers with extraordinary properties. Exceptional strength, flame resistance, electrical and other novel properties have revolutionized the fibers and textiles application space - hence the use of the term 'revolutionary.' Revolutionary fibers and textiles are a fast growing segment in the overall fiber and textile marketplace with a wide range of commercial and defense applications. They cover a range of fiber systems that are often known as technical textiles, composed of specialty fabrics, industrial fabrics, e-textiles, and advanced textiles. The core characteristic of technical textiles is that they are built upon a foundation of predominantly synthetic fibers and/or multi-material fibers.

Category:          Miscellaneous

Keywords:         fibers, textiles, fiber science, technical textiles, sythetic, multi-material

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Sonar and Other Underwater Sensing Technology (CRADA/SPP)*

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of Energy

Deadlines:         Final: 6/1/2015

Summary:          Sandia National Laboratories pioneered the Phase Gradient Autofocus algorithm (PGA) which enables sharper imaging in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR). By deploying PGA, similar algorithms and other related technologies from radar applications, and image and signal processing capabilities, Sandia has the potential to significantly advance the vanguard of sonar and underwater sensing, especially in underwater vehicle applications. Sandia's capabilities include developing and applying existing algorithms in sonar and radar applications. Sandia has a large IP portfolio of algorithms in radar and sonar technologies that could be effectively deployed in the sonar and underwater sensing space. Prospective applications include port and shipping security, underwater or seafloor anomaly detection, and underwater salvage. Sandia seeks to collaborate with a company or companies interested in partnering opportunities leading to new applications of advanced algorithm technology for underwater vehicles. Collaborations may take the form of Cooperative Research & Development Agreements (CRADA), or Strategic Partnership Project (SPP) agreements. Interested companies are required to have experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas: Underwater vehicles, Towed-array sonars, Other Sonar Imaging, Underwater vehicle sensor technology such as cameras, thermal sensors, long distance tele-operation, and Autonomous vehicle operation.

Category:          Miscellaneous

Keywords:         underwater vehicles, sonar imaging, thermal sensors, autonomous vehicle operation

For more information, see the full announcement here.


Recuperator Technology Development and Assessment for Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (SCO2) Based Power Cycles

Sponsor:           U.S. Department of Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory

Deadlines:         Final: 5/12/2015

Summary:          Power cycles based on a supercritical carbon dioxide, SCO2, working fluid have the potential for higher thermal efficiencies and a lower capital cost when compared to state of the art steam-based power cycles. The cost and performance of recuperators are currently seen as a significant barrier to the full-scale demonstration and economic viability of SCO2 power cycle technology. The purpose of this FOA is to seek applications for the development of high temperature recuperator technologies that are capable of handling the SCO2 RCBC system requirements while also maintaining a cost effectiveness required for commercial adaptation. Modular concepts and or strategies that are capable of scalability to address the wide variation in size, capacity and temperature anticipated for the varied applications are of particular interest. Responsive applications will provide a plan for focused research and development of innovative designs, materials and manufacturing methods to produce scalable, cost- effective recuperators suitable for deployment in large-scale SCO2 power cycle applications.

Category:          Miscellaneous

Keywords:         supercritical carbon dioxide, steam-based power cycles, high temperature recuperator technologies

For more information, see the full announcement here.


 

Last updated 3-23-2014

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