Today, ARPA-E released a Request For Information (RFI) concerning a draft Open Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). ARPA-E intends to formally issue a revised version of this Open FOA in early March 2012. The Open FOA is expected to support transformational and disruptive high-impact energy R&D projects related to renewable power, bioenergy, transportation, conventional generation, the electrical grid, and building efficiency, among other technology areas.
ARPA-E’s first FOA, issued in 2009, was a similarly open call for the most transformative energy technology solutions to our nation’s most pressing security, economic, and environmental challenges.
The RFI provides instructions for submitting comments on the draft Open FOA, which must be received by 5 PM Eastern Time on February 29, 2012 at ARPA-E-OpenFOA@hq.doe.gov. Neither the RFI nor the draft Open FOA constitute the formal request for applications. Applicants must refer to the final FOA that is expected to be issued in early March 2012 for instructions on preparing and submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.