This FOA supports manufacturing innovations for high performance clean energy technologies to drive economy-wide reductions in carbon emissions, including:
- Next-generation manufacturing processes that improve energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of energy-intensive industries
- Development of novel materials that improve the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes and resulting products
- Improving the systems and processes for how energy is stored, converted, and used, including manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries to support electric vehicles
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will advance the Biden Administration’s goal to achieve carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035 and to “deliver an equitable, clean energy future, and put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050 to benefit all Americans.” The Department of Energy is committed to pushing the frontiers of science and engineering, catalyzing clean energy jobs through research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D), and ensuring environmental justice and inclusion of disadvantaged communities.
The research and development (R&D) activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. This FOA will support activities to advance efficiency improvements and enhance manufacturing competitiveness through technological innovation by focusing on three main areas, as described below, with subtopics in each area:
Topic Area 1: Manufacturing Process Innovation
- Topic Area 1a: Efficiency Improvements to Drying Processes
- Topic Area 1b: Advanced Tooling for Lightweight Automotive Components
- Topic Area 1c: Sustainable Chemistry Practices in Manufacturing
Topic Area 2: Advanced Materials Manufacturing
- Topic Area 2a: Materials for Harsh Service Conditions
- Topic Area 2b: Development of Aluminum-Cerium (Al-Ce) Alloys and Processing to Enable Increased Energy Efficiency in Aerospace Applications
Topic Area 3: Energy Systems
- Topic Area 3a: Structured Electrode Manufacturing for Lithium-ion Batteries
The cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects (i.e., the sum of the government share, including FFRDC costs if applicable, and the recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) and must come from non-federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law
- Individuals (U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient).
- Domestic Entities – For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
- Foreign Entities whether for-profit or otherwise.
- Incorporated Consortia which may include domestic and/or foreign entities
- Unincorporated Consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the prime recipient/consortium representative.
AVAILABLE FUNDING AND APPLICATION WINDOW:
Funding Amount: $43 million
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 09/10/2021 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 11/05/2021 5:00pm ET
Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: 12/08/2021 5:00pm ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: 02/18/2022
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: February 2022 – May 2022