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Registration is open for the National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP):

This is a coalition of stakeholders organized by the U.S. DOE, who are working to expand access to affordable community solar. NCSP plans to accomplish their goal of more affordable community solar through a network of infrastructure, technical assistance and collaboration. DOE will work to equip partners with tools and information needed to design and implement successful community solar models.

DOE Announces new Geothermal Manufacturing Prize:

Under the American-Made program, DOE will be hosting a geothermal manufacturing challenge that is meant to spur innovation that addresses manufacturing for geothermal technology that can withstand the harsh geothermal environments. The Geothermal Manufacturing challenge will have 4 phases with a chance to win up to $3.25 million in cash and National Lab vouchers. Submissions are due by August 26, 2020.

DOE Launches Solar Desalinization Prize:

DOE is offering a prize for the American-Made Challenge: Solar Desalinization Competition. Participants will need to design and develop a system that uses solar-thermal energy to produce clean water from very-high-salinity water. There will be 4 phases to the competition, where participants can win up to $2.3 million in cash and $200,000 in vouchers at National Laboratories to continue their work on their solar desalinization system. Submissions for this competition are due July 16, 2020.

DOE Vehicle Technology Office’s Civic Innovation Challenge:

A competition that supports partnerships between communities and universities that address mobility and resilience priorities. Teams will compete for awards up to $1 million to support ready-to-implement, research-based pilots. Applications are due July 1, 2020.

DOE Announces Funding for Tribes to Deploy Energy Technology:

This funding through the DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs will support Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations unleash undeveloped energy resources. Applications are due July 1, 2020. 

DOE looking to fund research and development of Critical Materials Processing Technologies:

The U.S. DOE announced funding up to $30 million for research and development of next-generation technologies that specialize in extraction, separation and processing of critical materials. DOE is looking to reduce the cost of critical materials as well as the environmental impact of their production. DOE anticipates making up to 10 awards. Concept papers are due June 25, 2020.

DOE Announced $67 Million Funding Opportunity to Enhance American Manufacturing:

The U.S. DOE is looking to stimulate technology innovation, improve energy productivity of American manufacturing and enable the U.S. manufacturing of cutting-edge product by announcing a $67 million funding opportunity. Projects selected will improve energy efficiency in energy-intensive processes and facility the transition to emerging, cost-competitive energy technologies in domestic production. DOE anticipates making 33 awards. Concept papers are due June 25, 2020.

DOE Announces a New Round of Funding for HPC4EI:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is announcing up to $3 million in funding to strengthen domestic manufacturing using U.S. National Labs supercomputing resources. Applicants to the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI), will apply to work on projects with the national labs using advanced modeling and data analysis to increase energy efficiency and material productivity in manufacturing. Concept papers are due June 9, 2020.

DOE’s Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announces new funding:

The U.S. DOE’s CESMII announced funding up to $7 million to improve energy-intensive manufacturing processes. There are two project calls, Wave 3 and Wave 4, to fund research and development projects that address gaps in smart manufacturing resources or create solutions for manufacturing challenges, respectively. Proposal submissions are due June 19, 2020 for Wave 3 and June 8, 2020 for Wave 4.

National Science Foundation’s Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC):

A smart and connected communities competition where communities identify priorities and partner with universities to research and develop programs to implement within the next year. There are 2 different tracks to apply for: Communities and Mobility, or Resilience to Natural Disasters. Proposals are due June 1, 2020.


For further funding opportunities please follow this link to DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office’s Funding Opportunity Exchange.

For additional funding opportunities from USDA please follow this link: you are looking for energy-related program opportunities, please use the filters located on the USDA’s webpage; this link is to a list of all of USDA’s funding opportunities.

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