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Cooperative Agreements to USA Individuals, Nonprofits, For-Profits,
and Agencies to Advance Solar Technology and Support Clean Energy

Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER)

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

Conf. Date:

04/27/22

LOI Date:

05/26/22

Deadline Date:

07/25/22 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories individuals, nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government entities, educational institutions, and R&D centers to advance solar technology and support clean energy. Applicants are required to submit a concept paper prior to submitting a full application. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to invest in innovative research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) that accelerates the large-scale development and deployment of solar technology to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and decarbonized energy sector by 2050. Achieving this goal will support the nationwide effort to meet the threat of climate change and ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy.

The R&D activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection.

This funding opportunity focuses on the development and application of solar technologies to improve the resilience of electric power systems and the communities they support. Projects funded under this FOA will focus on community energy resilience. Community resilience can be a comprehensive term that may apply to different critical services such as water, energy, communications, transportation and other types of infrastructure. In the context of this FOA, projects will focus efforts on community energy resilience to investigate the relationship between power systems resilience and community resilience and determine the ability of a community to prepare, recover, and adapt from an event that can cause power or energy disruption.

For more information about the background and purpose of this FOA, see pages 7-11 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

For Goals and Objectives, see page 11 of the FOA.

For Priority Research Areas, see pages 17-18 of the FOA.

Information about the Topic Areas may be found beginning on page 19 of the FOA.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203016

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$25,000,000

Number of Grants:

EERE anticipates making approximately 13-17 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual awards may vary between $500,000 and $3,000,000.

Term of Contract:

EERE anticipates making awards that will run from 24 up to 36 months in length, comprised of one or more budget periods.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants

i. Individuals
U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

ii. Domestic Entities
For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. Nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995 are not eligible to apply for funding.

State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.

Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.

iii. Foreign Entities
Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA. Other than as provided in the “Individuals” or “Domestic Entities” sections above, all prime recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States. If a foreign entity applies for funding as a prime recipient, it must designate in the Full Application a subsidiary or affiliate incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States to be the prime recipient. The Full Application must state the nature of the corporate relationship between the foreign entity and domestic subsidiary or affiliate. For more information, see page 37 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

iv. Incorporated Consortia
Incorporated consortia, which may include domestic and/or foreign entities, are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. For consortia incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States, please refer to “Domestic Entities” above. For consortia incorporated in foreign countries, please refer to the requirements in “Foreign Entities” above. For more information, see page 37 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

v. Unincorporated Consortia Unincorporated Consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the prime recipient/consortium representative. The prime recipient/consortium representative must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States. The eligibility of the consortium will be determined by the eligibility of the prime recipient/consortium representative under Section III.A. of the FOA. For more information, see page 38 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

For other eligibility requirements see page 43 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- FOA Issue Date: 4/12/2022
- Informational Webinar: 4/27/2022 1:00pm ET
- Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 5/26/2022 5:00pm ET
- Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 7/25/2022 5:00pm ET
- Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: 8/23/2022 5:00pm ET
- Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: October 2022
- Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: October 2022-January 2023

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Concept Papers, Full Applications, and Replies to Reviewer Comments at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

The application process will include two phases: a Concept Paper phase and a Full Application phase. Only applicants who have submitted an eligible Concept Paper will be eligible to submit a Full Application.

An entity may submit more than one Concept Paper and Full Application to this FOA, provided that each application describes a unique, scientifically distinct project and provided that an eligible Concept Paper was submitted for each Full Application.

Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual or federal awarding agency that is excepted from those requirements under 2 CFR 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the federal awarding agency under 2 CFR 25.110(d)) is required to: (1) Be registered in the SAM at https://www.sam.gov before submitting its application; (2) provide a valid UEI in its application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency.

For information about cost sharing, see page 38 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register and apply online: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/SubmissionDetailsEdit.aspx?foaId=d548cb92-3ac6-4fa8-9978-44111b818724

FOA related questions: SI.FOA.SETO@ee.doe.gov

Exchange related questions: EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov

CFDA Number:

81.087

Funding or Pin Number:

DE-FOA-0002597

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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