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FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program Solicitation for University Research and Graduate Automotive Technology Education Centers of Excellence

Funding: Up to $7.5 million

Open Date: 01/14/2005

Close Date: 03/10/2005

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-PS26-05NT42381


The Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Office of FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies, is seeking applications for cost-shared technology development projects and Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Centers of Excellence. 

The goal of the technology development is to increase, or enable an increase in, the efficiency of internal combustion engines, while meeting emissions regulations, through research and development of:

  • Low-temperature combustion regimes such as homogeneous charge compression ignition
  • Emission control devices
  • Technologies to enhance engine efficiency
  • Advanced fuel formulations.  

The goal of GATE is to overcome technology barriers preventing the development and production of cost-effective, high-efficiency vehicles for the U.S. market by training a future workforce of automotive engineering professionals who are knowledgeable about, and experienced in, developing and commercializing advanced automotive technologies. 

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 04/03/2006

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.