U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO)
10/05/21 5:00 PM ET
Cooperative agreements to USA, Canada, and International individuals, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and government and tribal agencies for research addressing water-energy technology. Applicants must complete required registrations and submit a concept paper prior to applying. Historically underrepresented individuals and groups are highly encouraged to apply.
This FOA supports open water Research and Development (R&D) at the PacWave test site1 that is needed to advance wave energy converter (WEC) technologies towards commercial viability. This FOA will only fund projects that will perform testing at the PacWave South test site.
The 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. Specifically, this FOA will support the EERE goal of expanding and diversifying the Nation’s energy portfolio and will make progress on the EERE performance metric of increasing the viability and deployment of renewable energy technologies. Specifically, this FOA supports research that will enable the WEC industry to become commercially competitive in high-cost, early adopter markets, while gaining experience that will enable WEC technologies to be cost-competitive at the utility scale. Ultimately, this FOA will lead to the development of WEC technologies that can capture highly predictable and reliable wave energy resources that will help meet the world’s growing renewable energy needs.
This FOA will support R&D projects across three Topic Areas (TAs). TA1 focuses on the deployment and testing of WECs for remote, microgrid, and open-source R&D applications at PacWave. TA2 will support the development of WEC system designs that can be fabricated, deployed, and tested in future open water testing campaigns at PacWave. TA3 is an open topic area that will support R&D projects at PacWave that advance WECs and supporting technologies. The overall goals of this FOA across all three Topic Areas are to:
For additional information on these Topic Areas, see page 11 of the FOA, in Supporting Documents, below.
Applicants are highly encouraged to include individuals from groups historically underrepresented in STEM on their project teams. As part of the application, applicants are required to describe how diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives will be incorporated in the project. Specifically, applicants are required to submit a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan that describes the actions the applicant will take to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, support people from underrepresented groups in STEM, advance equity, and encourage the inclusion of individuals from these groups in the project; and the extent the project activities will be located in or benefit underserved communities. (See Section IV.D.xv.of the FOA in Supporting Documents, below). The plan should include SMART (Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic and Time-Related) milestones supported by metrics to measure the success of the proposed actions. This plan will be evaluated as part of the technical review process.
Further, Minority Serving Institutions, Minority Business Enterprises, Minority Owned Businesses, Woman Owned Businesses, Veteran Owned Businesses, or entities located in a underserved community that meet the eligibility requirements (See Section III) are encouraged to apply as the prime applicant or participate on an application as a proposed partner to the prime applicant.
For allowable costs and pre-award costs, see page 57 of the FOA, in Supporting Documents, below.
GrantWatch ID#: 197486
Up to 13 awards across three topic areas.
Topic Area 1: up to $15,000,000
Topic Area 2: up to $5,000,000
Topic Area 3: up to $7,000,000
Topic Area 1: up to 36 months
Topic Area 2: up to 24 months
Topic Area 3: up to 48 months
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To apply to this FOA, applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange at: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/login.aspx
Questions about this FOA: MarineEnergyFOA@ee.doe.gov.
Problems with EERE Exchange: EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov - Include FOA name and number in subject line.
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