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Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS)

Publishing date: April 2013

Federal Agency

U.S. Department of Energy

FOA  Title

Concentrating Solar Power: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP: ELEMENTS)

FOA Type

Initial FOA

FOA  Number

DE-FOA-0000805

CFDA Number

81.087

FOA Issue Date:

April 23, 2013

Concept Papers Submission Deadline:

May 23, 2013 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Full Applications Submission Deadline:

July 23, 2013 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Reply to Reviewer Comments (anticipated):

August 29, 2013

Means of Submission

Concept Papers, Full Applications, and the Reply to Reviewer Comments must be submitted through EERE Exchange at https://eere-Exchange.energy.gov, EERE’s online application portal. EERE will not review or consider applications submitted through other means.  The Users’ Guide for Applying to the Department of Energy EERE Funding Opportunity Announcements is found at https://eere-Exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx.

Total Amount to Be Awarded

$20,000,000 DOE Share

Anticipated Awards

8 - 24

Types of Funding Agreements

Cooperative Agreements

Period of Performance

1 – 4 years

Performance of Work in the United States

EERE strongly encourages interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration spanning organizational and national boundaries.  Such collaboration enables the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible.

 

EERE requires all work under EERE funding agreements to be performed in the United States – i.e., prime recipients must expend 100% of the total project cost in the United States.

 

Applicants and prime recipients may request a waiver of this requirement.  Applicants must include a written waiver request in the Full Application.  Prime recipients must submit any waiver requests in writing to the assigned DOE Contracting Officer.  The DOE Contracting Officer has discretion to waive this requirement if he/she determines that it will further the purposes of this FOA and is otherwise in the interests of EERE. See Section IV.E.ii.o of the FOA for waiver request information. 

Eligible Applicants

    Individuals

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. 

    Domestic Entities

For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits[1] that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular State or territory of the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. 

 

State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

 

DOE/NNSA Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) and DOE Government-Operated Government-Owned laboratories (GOGOs) are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

 

Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs and non-DOE GOGOs are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. 

 

Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. 

    Foreign Entities

Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA. 

 

Other than as provided in the “Individuals” or “Domestic Entities” sections above, all prime recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States. If a foreign entity applies for funding as a prime recipient, it must designate in the Full Application a subsidiary or affiliate incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States to be the prime recipient.  The Full Application must state the nature of the corporate relationship between the foreign entity and domestic subsidiary or affiliate.  Foreign entities may request a waiver of this requirement in the Full Application.  See Section IV.E.ii.o for waiver request information.  The DOE Contracting Officer has discretion to waive this requirement if he/she determines that it will further the purposes of this FOA and is otherwise in the interests of EERE.

 

A foreign entity may receive funding as a subrecipient.

    Incorporated Consortia

Incorporated consortia, which may include domestic and/or foreign entities, are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.  For consortia incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States, please refer to “Domestic Entities” above.  For consortia incorporated in foreign countries, please refer to the requirements in “Foreign Entities” above.   

 

Each incorporated consortium must have an internal governance structure and a written set of internal rules.  Upon request, the consortium must provide a written description of its internal governance structure and its internal rules to the DOE Contracting Officer. 

    Unincorporated Consortia

Unincorporated consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the prime recipient/consortium representative.  The prime recipient/consortium representative must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States.  The eligibility of the consortium will be determined by the eligibility of the prime recipient/consortium representative under Section III.A of the FOA.   

 

Upon request, unincorporated consortia must provide the DOE Contracting Officer with a collaboration agreement, commonly referred to as the articles of collaboration, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of each consortium member. This agreement binds the individual consortium members together and should discuss, among other things, the consortium's:

 

  • Management structure;
  • Method of making payments to consortium members;
  • Means of ensuring and overseeing members' efforts on the project;
  • Provisions for members' cost sharing contributions; and
  • Provisions for ownership and rights in intellectual property developed previously or under the agreement.

Cost Share Requirement

20% R&D/50% Demonstration

 

Demonstration is defined as the construction of a prototype or pilot of the proposed system at a scale larger than 500kWht.

Submission of Multiple Applications

Applicants may submit more than one application to this FOA, provided that each application describes a unique project.

Agency Contact

  • See Section VII.A of the FOA for guidance on submitting questions to EERE. 
 


[1]Nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995, are not eligible to apply for funding.