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ARPA-E Seeks Concepts for Energy Innovations

June 29th, 2016 by Rebecca Norman

Innovative researchers, companies and consortium entities interested in conducting new, energy-related research are encouraged to explore Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (U.S. Dept. of Energy) Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS) funding opportunity. The IDEAS grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is intended to provide rapid support of early-stage applied research for development of innovative new concepts with potential for disruptive changes in energy technology. Concepts of particular interest have the potential to achieve percentage-level reductions in U.S. energy consumption, energy-related imports, or greenhouse gas emissions.

ARPA-E research areas of interest include six energy categories, each with technical subcategories. Energy categories include mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, radiant and nuclear. Within these energy categories, each technical subcategory represents conversion or interaction in either direction. Concept papers must identify one technical subcategory that is appropriate for the proposed concept topic area.

IDEAS awards will not exceed $500,000 each, for a 12 month project performance period. ARPA-E anticipates making $10M available for new awards under this FOA.

Interested applicants can submit brief (4 page maximum)concept papers to ARPA-E to be considered for invitation to submit full applications. Applicants must propose concepts that are not covered by open ARPA-E focused FOAs and that don’t represent incremental improvements over existing technology. You can search ARPA-E projects here. There is not a limit on the number of concept papers that applicants can submit, as long as each is scientifically distinct. A template for the concept paper can be found here.

Concept papers responding to this IDEAS opportunity must be submitted by September 30, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. CST.

Prior to submitting a concept paper, applicants may contact a ARPA-E Program Director or Fellow to discuss their research concept and its potential responsiveness to this opportunity. Program Directors and Fellows will respond to applicant inquiries as their availability permits. Prior communication with an ARPA-E Program Director or Fellow is entirely optional and is NOT required prior to Concept Paper submission. Prior communication with an ARPA-E Program Director or Fellow is not a consideration in the technical review of submitted concept papers.

The first step in applying to this FOA is registration in ARPA-E eXCHANGE.

Frequently asked questions about ARPA-E projects can be found here. Previously funded ARPA-E IDEAS projects can be found on the program website under “Project Listing.” Questions about this FOA may be submitted to