Funding Opportunities

We regularly maintain this list of federal and non-federal funding opportunities related to energy research. For every opportunity, you will find the title, funding agency, a short description, major application deadline, and a link to the original funding announcement. 

American-Made Challenges: Solar Desalination Prize

| U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | Other

The DOE has announced the launch of the $9 million American-Made Challenges: Solar Desalination Prize, a competition to accelerate the development of systems that use solar-thermal energy to produce clean water from very-high-salinity water.

Solar, Energy & Society, Water

Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy Technologies with Untapped Potential 2019

| Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) | Sponsored Research

The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) solicitation provides a vital mechanism for the support of innovative energy R&D that complements ARPA-E’s primary R&D focus on early-stage transformational energy technologies that still require proof-of-concept. 

Energy & Society, Economics

RFI to Strengthen Battery Critical Materials Supply Chains

| U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | Request for Information

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to challenges and opportunities in the upstream and midstream critical materials battery supply chains.


H2@Scale Laboratory CRADA Call

| U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | Sponsored Research

NREL has issued a request for proposals for qualified partners to participate in cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) projects with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) national laboratories in support of DOE's H2@Scale initiative.

Transportation & Fuels, Industry

Research and Development for Advanced Water Resource Recovery Systems

| U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | Sponsored Research

The goal of this FOA is to conduct research, development, and deployment on technology innovations that enable advanced water resource recovery systems. Topic Area 1 of this FOA seeks to advance the development of transformative technologies beyond early stage R&D to become pilot ready.

Energy & Society, Water

NSF Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers Program Solicitation NSF-20-553

| National Science Foundation (NSF) | Sponsored Research

The National Science Foundation Division of Engineering Education and Centers has announced a new solicitation (NSF-20-553) under the Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Program

Energy & Society

2020 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

| U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | Sponsored Research

The SC mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic and national security of the United States. SC is the Nation’s largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences and the lead Federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for our Nation’s energy future.

Conversion, Electricity Systems, Electricity Distribution, Storage, Energy & Society

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational and Applied Science Program

| U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) | Sponsored Research

The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program supports grants in six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture.

Biofuels & Bioproducts, Economics, Environmental Studies, Sustainable Agriculture

DOE Seeking Input and Collaboration on Science and Technology Response to COVID-19

| U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | Request for Information

The Department of Energy (DOE) encourages you to consider scientific questions that underpin COVID-19 response and that the research community may answer using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure.

Energy & Society, Policy & Regulation, Education & Outreach

U.S. Military Academy Broad Agency Sustainability and Energy Resilience Research

| U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) | Sponsored Research

The USMA BAA seeks proposals for research based on numerous campaigns including Energy and Sustainability; Materials, Measurements, and Facilities; and Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Quantum Technologies.

Materials, Energy & Society, Modeling