Energy funding opportunities from MN Department of Commerce…
The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources compiles many of the latest local, state, and federal funding opportunities related to energy research, development, education, and other energy-related topics. Some of the most recent opportunities are highlighted below, including a CARD Grant RFP to study energy code compliance in Minnesota. A more extensive list of opportunities that are current and still open for application is available on the Commerce website.
EPA: 2017 School Bus Rebate Program. EPA offers rebates in addition to grants to reduce harmful emissions from older, dirtier diesel vehicles. Up to $20,000 per vehicle to replace older school buses and up to $6,000 per vehicle for retrofits. Due Nov. 14, 2017.
DOE: NOI: High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg). The U.S. DOE High Performance Computing for Manufacturing Program (HPC4Mfg) intends to issue its fifth solicitation in January 2018. This program is designed to spur the use of national lab supercomputing resources and expertise to advance innovation in energy efficient manufacturing.
DOE: Innovative Solutions for Fish Passage at Hydropower Dams DE-FOA-0001662. The Hydropower Program is looking to fund early-stage research into innovative fish passage solutions to effectively provide volitional upstream fish passage while reducing both construction and operational costs compared to existing methods. Due Dec. 7, 2017.
Research & Development
Commerce: Conservation Applied Research and Development Grant Program: Energy Code Compliance Studies COMM-CARD04-20170918. This CARD Grant RFP seeks proposals from organizations or individuals interested in conducting an applied research and development study to determine energy code compliance in Minnesota buildings. Due Oct. 27, 2017.
DOD: SBIR 17.3 and STTR 17.C Broad Agency Announcements. The Department of Defense’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer areas are open for proposals. Due Oct. 25, 2017.
DOE: Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies DE-FOA-0001791. The objectives of this FOA are to continue the development of carbon capture technologies to either the engineering scale or to a commercial design. Due Oct. 31, 2017.
ORNL: Innovation Crossroads Cohort 2. Innovation Crossroads is a public-private partnership founded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and supported by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.
DOE: Notice of Intent: Medium/Heavy-Duty, On-Road Natural Gas Engine Research and Development DE-FOA-0001812. The purpose of this NOI is to provide potential applicants advance notice that this FOA will be issued. The objective is to address barriers to adoption of natural gas vehicles through early-stage research on medium- and heavy-duty on-road engine technologies.
DOE: Notice of Intent: Energy Efficiency R&D for Fluid-Power Systems in Off-Road Vehicles DE-FOA-0001814. The objective of this FOA is to research technologies and innovations that can improve the energy efficiency of fluid power systems for commercial off-road vehicles where fluid power systems actuate most of the functions.
DOE: Advanced Power Electronics Design for Solar Applications DE-FOA-0001740. This FOA will fund research that can enable significant reductions in the lifetime costs of power electronics for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy that align with the SunShot 2030 goals, and likewise enable versatile control functionalities to support grid integration of solar PV for enhanced grid services. Concept papers due Oct. 12, 2017.
DOE: Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems DE-FOA-0001697. This FOA seeks applications to fund applied research and development to enable the reduction of the levelized cost of electricity generated by concentrating solar power (CSP) to 6 ¢/kWh-electric or less, without subsidies. Due Jan. 19, 2018.
DOE: Notice of Intent: Solar Desalination DE-FOA-0001821. On behalf of the Solar Energy Technology Office, an FOA titled “Solar Desalination” will be issued that supports research, development, and potential demonstration of early stage technologies that can significantly reduce the costs of desalination powered by solar thermal energy.
MPCA: Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP). RETAP is hiring facility assessment consultants and community sustainability consultants, and particularly applicants with working knowledge of HVAC systems, computerized building management systems, modern building technologies, or residential energy auditing. RETAP applicants may be retired engineers, scientists, managers, or other professionals from a wide range of technical and non-technical fields.
MPCA: Environmental Assistance Loan Program. The Environmental Assistance Loan Program is accepting applications on a continuous basis. Priority eligible applicants include Minnesota-based small- to medium-sized businesses and political subdivisions of Minnesota. Priority eligible projects: green chemistry, pollution prevention, source reduction, recycling, and source-separated composting.