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ARPA-E Receives About 3,500 Submissions for First $150M Funding Opportunity

The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) of the US Department of Energy (DOE) has received approximately 3,500 submissions for the $150 million available as part of its first Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0000065) released 27 April 2009. (Earlier post.)

The large number of submissions—“Concept Papers”—outstripped expectations.

ARPA-E’s first solicitation is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The announcement is primarily aimed at prospective applicants who already have a relatively well-formed R&D plan for a transformational concept or new technology that can make a significant contribution if and when successfully deployed.

Under this FOA, ARPA-E will fund energy technology projects that:

  1. Translate scientific discoveries and cutting-edge inventions into technological innovations; and
  2. Accelerate transformational technological advances in areas that industry is not likely to undertake independently because of high technical or financial risk.

Submitters of the most meritorious Concept Papers will be encouraged to submit Full Proposals. ARPA-E expects to provide responses to Concept Paper applicants by the last week in July on whether a Concept is likely to form a basis of a successful Full Proposal. The deadline for Full Proposals is expected to be the end of August.

ARPA-E is currently planning future solicitations as part of its ongoing mission to fund and support transformational energy-related technology research and development.

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