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Though the cost of solar is on the decline, the Energy Department wants to cut costs even further.

To do so, they’re handing out $9 million for R&D related to the advancement of photovoltaic technologies that slash the price tag of solar energy systems.

According to a DOE news release, they will, in continuing the work of their SunShot Initiative, “support projects aimed at improving product testing and increasing module quality and performance by providing the solar energy community and investors with access to improved predictive models, relevant accelerated testing techniques, and more reliable photovoltaic modules that will ultimately increase PV system investments.”

Specifically, the department is looking to fund projects that can help determine failure, improve and speed up testing techniques, and better predict future performance.

Concept papers are due January 7, 2015, and full applications must be completed by March 12, 2014.

For more information about the opportunity and required documents, click here.