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. 

Critical Minerals & Materials: Chemical and Materials Sciences Research On Rare Earth and Platinum Group Elements

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

DOE will award up to $30 million to support scientific research that will ensure American businesses can reliably tap into a domestic supply of critical elements and minerals, such as lithium, cobalt and nickel, needed to produce clean energy technologies. Currently, the U.S.

Materials

American-Made Challenges: Perovskite Startup Prize

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

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office is funding the American-Made Challenges: Perovskite Startup Prize, a two-stage, $3 million prize competition designed to accelerate the development and manufacturing of perovskite solar cells by moving world-class research out of the lab and into new U.S. companies.

Solar

Data Science to Advance Chemical and Materials Sciences

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

DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) will award up to $21 million over three years for research applying data science methods, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, to basic chemical and materials science challenges—such as the discovery and development of new materials and chemical processes to harvest, store, and use energy more efficiently, while limiting emissions.<

EXPRESS: Randomized Algorithms for Extreme-Scale Science

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

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will award $8 million for efforts to develop research applications to explore potentially high-impact approaches in the development and use of randomized algorithms for scientific computing and extreme-scale science. Pre-applications are due on April 16 by 5:00 p.m. ET.

Scholarships in STEM Network (S-STEM-Net)

| National Science Foundation (NSF) | Sponsored Research

Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to foster a network of S-STEM stakeholders and further develop the infrastructure needed to generate and disseminate new knowledge, successful practices and effective design principles arising from NSF S-STEM projects nationwide.

Education & Outreach

Data-Intensive Scientific Machine Learning and Analysis

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

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will award $21 million for efforts to develop research applications to explore potentially high-impact approaches in the development and use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for scientific insights from massive data generated by simulation, experiments, and observations. Pre-applications are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on April 23.

SETO FY21 PV and CSP funding opportunity

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

The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) will award $34.5 million for projects that will advance solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) research and development and help eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector.

Solar

SETO FY21 PV and CSP: Small Innovative Projects in Solar

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

The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) will award $5 million for projects that will advance solar PV and CSP research and development. Projects in this topic area will focus on innovative and novel ideas that are riskier than those based on established technologies.

Solar

NSF Partnerships for Innovation (UW–Madison Internal Competition)

| National Science Foundation (NSF) | Sponsored Research

UW–Madison is holding an internal competition for proposals for the Research Partnerships track of NSF's Partnerships for Innovation (PFI-RP) funding opportunity.

Industry

Flow Battery Systems Manufacturing

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

This funding opportunity will award up to $20 million for R&D projects focusing on flow battery systems.

Storage