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DOE to seek emerging technology with “FY 2015 Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator” funding opportunity

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends (DE-FOA-0001243) to issue, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement titled “FY 2015 Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator” (DE-FOA-0001213). The VTO runs a significant R&D portfolio in support of the development and deployment of a broad range of efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies. The new FOA is not an extension of those portfolio programs.

Rather, the Vehicle Technologies Incubator FOA will fund small (<500 employee) businesses and US colleges, universities, institutions of higher learning and university-affiliated research institutions with approaches and solutions that are not currently represented in the Office’s Multi-Year Program Plan and/or existing project portfolio in a meaningful or significant way.

The new funding will seek to support next-generation technologies, solutions, and approaches to facilitate identification and “on-ramping” of highly promising emerging approaches into VTO’s Multi-Year Program Plans and program portfolios. Upon completion, these projects should represent new pathways, research directions, or market impacts for key technologies and concepts in the context of vehicles and transportation.

Specific areas not of interest are:

  • Commercial hardware technologies, products, and solutions;

  • Incremental improvements to existing technologies, products, or solutions;

  • Solutions, approaches, or technologies similar to those already being investigated under current or recent DOE projects; and

  • Technologies that are not based on sound scientific principles (e.g., violates the law of thermodynamics).

ERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately 24 to 36 months.

EERE plans to issue the FOA on or about December 2014.


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