Funding Opportunities | DOE: Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Sponsor: DOE: Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Title Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) Call for High-Impact Integrated Projects
Deadline: May 07, 2018 (April 30 is last day to submit questions)
Funding range: Sources Sought, budget TBD
Topics: Informational webinar TODAY Monday, March 19, 2018 – see NREL ESIF website to join. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), has established the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as a DOE User Facility. As a national User Facility, we are reaching out to the community to bring in potential partners. This call for high-impact integrated projects is one of many mechanisms by which external partners may access the unique capabilities of the ESIF and the expertise of NREL researchers. Through this call, the research community is provided with the opportunity to access ESIF’s unique capabilities alongside NREL researchers. Applicants may request that NREL researchers perform R&D on the applicant’s behalf. To be considered for this opportunity as a high-impact project, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Utilize multiple technologies (e.g. storage, wind, solar, hydrogen, buildings, etc.),
  • Address challenges outlined in the Grid Modernization MYPP,
  • Have impact on the companies and regions it supports,
  • Be nationally scalable, and
  • Result in lessons learned that could be implemented nationwide.

In addition, projects must:

  • Demonstrate resiliency and include a cybersecurity strategy.

Areas of interest include multi-technology projects in each of the topics below (1) Grid Modernization and (2) New Mission Space.

Grid Modernization areas of interest include: Microgrids,  Future Buildings and Communities, Mobility, Energy Storage, Advanced Communications and Controls, and Combined Heat and Power.

New Mission Space areas of interest include:  Energy-water nexus, Gas-electricity nexus, Electrification, and Hydrogen at scale.

Funding Opportunities | DOE EERE RFI: Critical Water Issues Prize Competition

Sponsor: DOE EERE: Department of Energy Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Title RFI: Critical Water Issues Prize Competition, DOE-FOA-0001899
Pre-Proposal/LOI: n/a
Deadline: May 14, 2018
Funding range: n/a, Request for Information
Topics: The U.S. Department of Energy seeks to understand the key technical and other barriers that may prevent long-term access to low-cost water supplies that could be best addressed through challenges and prize competitions. For the purposes of this Request for Information (RFI), challenges and prize competitions are tools and approaches the Federal government and others can use to engage a broad range of stakeholders, including the general public, in developing solutions to difficult problems. DOE may use the information provided through this RFI to develop challenges and prize competitions to address key water issues. This is solely a request for information and not a funding opportunity. This RFI is not designed to solicit input on DOE’s broader R&D efforts on affordable water.
Request for Information Categories:

  • Category 1: Increasing Alternative Water Supplies
  • Category 2: Reducing Costs to Treat Drinking Water and Wastewater
  • Category 3: Opportunities to Use Water More Efficiently
  • Category 4: Market-based Solutions that Incentivize Innovation and Conservation
  • Category 5: The Energy-Water Nexus
  • Category 6: Past, Existing, and Forthcoming Water-Related Challenges and Prize Competitions
  • Category 7: Other Water Challenges not Covered Elsewhere in this RFI

Funding Opportunities | NSF Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers

Sponsor: NSF: National Science Foundation
Title Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC), 18-549
Pre-Proposal/LOI: n/a
Deadline: June 06, 2018
Funding range: up to $100,000 for 1-year planning grant.
Topics: Requirement: PI must be a faculty member of the College of Engineering
In response to a study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine [NASEM study], the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) program is piloting a planning grant opportunity in advance of the next ERC solicitation. These planning grants are intended to build capacity in the engineering community for center-scale, convergent engineering research. To participate in the upcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant. Prospective Principal Investigators are encouraged to read this solicitation carefully for planning grant proposal submission requirements and the ERC program priorities.
The ERC program is placing greater emphasis on research that leads to societal impact, including convergent approaches, engaging stakeholder communities, and strengthening team formation, in response to the NASEM study recommendations. The ERC program intends to support planning activities leading to convergent research team formation and capacity-building within the engineering community. This planning grant pilot initiative is designed to foster and facilitate the engineering community’s thinking about how to form convergent research collaborations. To participate in the upcoming ERC competition, one is not required to submit a planning grant proposal nor to receive a planning grant.

Funding Opportunity | AFOSR: Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Sponsor: AFOSR: Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Title Air Force Fiscal Year 2018 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP), FA9550-18-S-0002
Pre-Proposal/LOI: n/a
Deadline: June 18, 2018
Funding range: $150,000 – $450,000
Topics: Requirements: Basic Research, Full-time Early Career Investigators (received PhD on, or after, April 01, 2012), U.S. Citizen
Pre-proposal inquiries and questions must be submitted by Friday, April 27, 2018
The program objective is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for the young investigator to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering.  Most YIP awards are funded at $150,000 per year for three years, for a total of $450,000. Exceptional proposals will be considered individually for higher funding levels and/or longer duration. Please review the remainder of this announcement for additional information. We anticipate approximately fifty awards under this competition if funds are available.

Funding Opportunity | National Science Foundation (NSF) Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)

Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Title Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN)
Pre-Proposal/LOI: none mentioned
Deadline: November 01, 2018 (Guidelines [18-7607] not yet posted)
Funding range: TBA
Topics: The Energy, Power, Control, and Networks (EPCN) Program supports innovative research in modeling, optimization, learning, adaptation, and control of networked multi-agent systems, higher-level decision making, and dynamic resource allocation, as well as risk management in the presence of uncertainty, sub-system failures, and stochastic disturbances. EPCN also invests in novel machine learning algorithms and analysis, adaptive dynamic programming, brain-like networked architectures performing real-time learning, and neuromorphic engineering. EPCN’s goal is to encourage research on emerging technologies and applications including energy, transportation, robotics, and biomedical devices & systems. EPCN also emphasizes electric power systems, including generation, transmission, storage, and integration of renewable energy sources into the grid; power electronics and drives; battery management systems; hybrid and electric vehicles; and understanding of the interplay of power systems with associated regulatory & economic structures and with consumer behavior.

Bioeconomy Institute trading card