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March 8th, 2012

ARPA-E announces $120M in new funding opportunities

Published on March 8th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Late last week, APRA-E issued a new Open Funding Opportunity Announcement for $120 million in early-stage research projects leading to “breakthrough energy technologies.” ARPA-E says it anticipates making approximately 60-80 awards under this FOA, with individual awards between $250,000 and $10 million.

According to the FOA document (pdf) the funding agreements can cover periods that range from 12-36 months, starting Jan. 1, 2013. This FOA is for new applicants only and excludes applicants seeking renewal or supplemental ARPA-E awards.

DOE officials have set up two broad funding categories: “Proof-of-Concept Seedling Projects” and “Technology Development Projects.”

The Proof-of-Concept Seedling Project awards ($250,000-$1 million) “focus on early-stage, proof-of-concept level R&D efforts.” ARPA-E says it may issue 20-30 awards in this category, with an average award amount of $500,000.

The Technology Development Project awards ($1 million-$10 million) “focus on early-stage prototypes of various technology concepts for which some kind of initial proof-of-concept component demonstration already exists.” ARPA-E projects that 40-50 awards will be given, with an average award amount of $3 million.

The agency isn’t guaranteeing full-length funding for awarded projects. ARPA-E managers are reserving the right to set “more than one budget period for each award and fund only the initial budget period(s).”

Looking at the FOA document, it appears that ARPA-E has left the door open to just about any type of transformational energy proposal, including these five broad categories:

  • Renewable power (nonbioenergy)
  • Bioenergy
  • Transportation
  • Conventional genration (nonrenewable)
  • Grid

Each category has many subcategories, and is inclusive of just about any approach to energy one can think of and generally seems reflective of the DOE’s promised “all of the above” energy strategy.

As always, ARPA-E wants to move fast. The deadlines are:

– Letter of intent submission: 3/30/2012 5:00 PM ET
– Concept paper submission: 4/12/2012 5:00 PM ET
– Full application submission: TBD

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2 Responses to ARPA-E announces $120M in new funding opportunities

  1. Vulvox has been developing plans for a prototype electrcity storage device that will be used by electric power utilities. It will cost 7% as much as hydroelectric storage and 2% of the cost of compressed air storage. We are sending R&D parterns and investors to fund a small prototype and to take advantage ARPAe funding for ther next storage.
    Contact Neil Farbstein President of Vulvox at 516-921-5058 or via e-mail.

  2. Ananda Kumar says:

    I would like to know if lighting, particularly LED projects will be eligible for this.

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