ARPA-E funding opportunities in transformational energy research projects

An announcement of possible interest:

DOE has announced a second round of funding opportunities with $100 million in Recovery Act funding to be made available for transformational energy research projects through Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).  Concept papers limited to 5-6 pages (depending on individual areas of focus) are due January 15, 2010. Awards may range from $500K – $10M (average award $1M – $5M) with a performance period of 24 – 36 months. Full proposals will be by invitation and will be due 31 days after notification.

Areas of focus included under this announcement:

  1. Electrofuels. (DE-FOA-0000206). ARPA-E is seeking new ways to make liquid transportation fuels – without using petroleum or biomass – by using microorganisms to harness chemical or electrical energy to convert carbon dioxide into liquid fuels.
  2. Innovative Materials & Processes for Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies (IMPACCT). (DE-FOA-0000208) The objective of this topic is to fund high risk, high reward research efforts that will revolutionize technologies that capture carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants, thereby preventing release into the atmosphere. 
  3. Batteries for Electrical Energy Storage in Transportation (BEEST). (DE-FOA-0000207). In this topic, ARPA-E seeks to develop a new generation of ultra-high energy density, low-cost battery technologies for long-range, plug-in, hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles (EVs).

Relevant Dates

Concept Paper Registration Deadline: January 15, 2010
Concept Paper Upload Deadline: January 15, 2010 at 5:00pm (EST) (2:00pm PST)*
Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD
*Submitting Division must register in advance at, and submit electronically to ARPA-E eXCHANGE.

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Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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