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. 

Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE)

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

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment, or INCITE, program is seeking proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering and computer science domains. The deadline is June 18, 2021.

Single-Use Plastic Recycling (SUPR)

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

This FOA seeks applications that enable the recycling and upcycling of films. Challenges associated with film recycling are vast, spanning collection, sorting/separation, contamination, and lack of economic methods for recycling and upcycling. Multilayer materials present further challenges, including immiscibility of different polymer layers and inclusion of inorganic materials.

Materials

Bridge2AI And Privacy-Preserving Artificial Intelligence Research

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

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $1 million for collaborations in privacy-preserving artificial intelligence research. The aim of this funding is to bring together researchers from the DOE National Laboratories and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to jointly develop new flagship datasets and privacy-preserving methods and algorithms to improve healthcare.

RFI: Hydrogen Program’s Demonstration Opportunities aligned with HyShot Initiative

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

The information being sought is intended to assist DOE’s Hydrogen Program in further defining the scope and priorities of its initiatives to accelerate the production, storage, delivery, and end use of clean, affordable hydrogen in the United States.

Optimizing Nuclear Waste and Advanced Reactor Disposal Systems (ONWARDS)

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

The program goal of ONWARDS is to support the development of technologies that address significant challenges to closing the back-end of advanced reactor (AR) nuclear fuel cycles.

Nuclear

American-Made Challenges: Solar Desalination Prize

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

The U.S. Department of Energy announced $5 million in new funding for the second round of the Solar Desalination Prize, a competition designed to accelerate the development of systems that use solar-thermal energy to purify water with very high salt content.

Solar

Solar Desalination Prize Phase 2

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

This competition strives to help achieve the goals of the Water Security Grand Challenge. SETO is seeking ideas that will accelerate the development of systems that use low-cost solar-thermal energy to produce clean water from very-high-salinity water, like water produced from oil and gas extraction. The clean water produced can be used in municipal, agricultural, and industrial applications.

Solar

H2@ Scale Program

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

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a request for proposals for research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities leveraging the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform and supporting DOE's H2@Scale vision for clean and affordable hydrogen.

Wells of Opportunity 2021

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

Wells of Opportunity 2021 solicits the partnership of well owners or operators to help cost-effectively bring more geothermal power online using their existing wells. This opportunity builds upon the progress of last year’s initial Wells of Opportunity, released in February 2020, by focusing on two topic areas:

Geothermal

RFI: Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Climate Technology

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

This Request for Information (RFI) is intended to inform the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) on enabling an inclusive and just entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem in climate and energy technologies.