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U.S. Department of Energy: Wind Energy Technologies Office Funding Opportunity

Deadline: April 29, 2019

Wind energy is one part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) all-of-the-above energy portfolio, and is an integral part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) vision of a strong and prosperous America powered by clean, affordable, and secure energy. The Wind Energy Technologies Office’s (WETO’s) vision and mission are to advance wind energy technology and enhance the nation’s strategic energy resources to enable wind energy to be a competitive, clean, unsubsidized electricity generation option in all regions of the United States and at all scales by 2030—contributing to a diverse, economic, clean, and reliable U.S. electricity grid.

WETO will fund innovative wind energy technologies research and development including land-based, distributed, and offshore applications. Funding will be awarded through four areas of interest:

1) Wind Innovations for Rural Economic Development (WIRED):

  • Subtopic 1a: Fully integrated distributed wind research and development (R&D) innovations to enhance resilience and reliability
  • Subtopic 1b: Balance of system cost reduction through standardization

2) Utilizing and Upgrading National-Level Facilities for Offshore Wind R&D:

  • Subtopic 2a: R&D utilizing existing national-level offshore wind testing facilities
  • Subtopic 2b: R&D requiring upgrades to existing national offshore wind testing facilities

3) Project Development for Offshore Wind Technology Demonstrations

4) Tall Towers for U.S. Wind Power (developing innovative technologies that enable taller towers, lighter drivetrains, and longer blades for turbine towers)

Amount: A total of $28,100,000 is available to be distributed as follows:

  • Subtopic 1a: A total of $3,050,000 is available to make up to three awards that range from $1,000,000-$1,500,000 for a period of up to 24 months. A 20% cost share is required.
  • Subtopic 1b: A total of $3,050,000 is available to make up to two awards that range from $1,500,000-$3,000,000 for a period of up to 48 months. A 20% cost share is required.
  • Subtopic 2a: Up to 14 awards will be made that range from $500,000-$1,000,000 for a period of 24 months. A 20% cost share is required.
  • Subtopic 2b: One to two awards will be made that range from $1,500,000-$7,000,000 for a period of up to 36 months. A 20% cost share is required for R&D, 50% for facility upgrades.
  • Topic 3: A total of $10,000,000 will be available to make up to two awards for a period of 36 months. A 20% cost share is required.
  • Topic 4: A total of $5,000,000 is available to make one award for a period of 42 months. A 50% cost share is required.

Eligibility: The following are eligible to apply:

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

ii. Domestic Entities:

  • For areas of interest 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b and 3, for-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular State or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States are eligible to apply as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
  • For areas of interest 1, 2, and 3, State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. For area of interest 4, State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient.
  • For areas of interest 1, 2, and 3, DOE/NNSA Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient.
  • For areas of interest 1, 2, and 3, Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient.
  • For areas of interest 1, 2 and 3, and 4, Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient.
  • For area of interest 4, eligibility will be restricted to for-profit entities. All DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are excluded from participating in this area of interest. The prime recipient must perform more than 50% of the project work.
  • For area of interest 4, all DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are not eligible to apply as either a prime recipient or a subrecipient.
  • For area of interest 4, educational institutions and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular State or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States are eligible to apply for funding only as a subrecipient.

iii. Foreign Entities: Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply. See solicitation for further details.

iv. 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, refer to “Domestic Entities” above and the solicitation for more details.

v. 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. See solicitation for more details.

Only new applications will be accepted.

Link: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx?Search=wind&SearchType=#FoaIdb3bff091-3531-4356-b234-d079118ccce3

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