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Vehicles Technologies Incubator

Open Date: 01/16/2014

Close Date: 02/28/2014

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000988


The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy or EERE is an organization focused on achieving aggressive and well defined mid- to long-term clean energy goals for the United States of America. In that context, EERE has established multiyear plans and roadmaps. EERE focuses the majority of its resources on a limited number of highest probability of success pathways/approaches to ensure that the program initiatives are supported at a critical mass both in terms of dollars and time for maximum impact. This roadmap based approach is one of EERE's greatest strengths, which can create challenges in recognizing and exploring unanticipated, game changing pathways or approaches which may ultimately be superior to the pathways or approaches on our existing roadmaps. To enhance the responsiveness of the roadmap approach, EERE is issuing Incubator Funding Opportunity Announcements, or FOAs, within its existing Offices and programs to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help meet existing goals but are not represented in a significant way in the Offices' existing Multi Year Program Plans, or MYPPs, or current portfolios. The Incubator programs will allow EERE to assess new technologies for their potential to be on ramped to future MYPPs. Successful incubator projects will reduce the risk associated with potentially breakthrough approaches and technologies so that they could be viable candidates for inclusion in future program roadmaps. DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office, or VTO, develops and deploys efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment. For example, the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge requires dramatic improvements in plug in electric vehicle, or PEV, performance and cost that are specified as technical targets and stretch goals for key technical areas of plug in electric vehicles. These are detailed in the EV Everywhere Blueprint document, posted on the VTO website. Other specific technology and technical goals can be found in supporting roadmaps and plans such as the Offices Multiyear Program Plan, U.S. DRIVE Partnership Plan; 21st Century Truck Roadmap and Technical White Papers; and other plans and roadmaps listed under the information resources and plans and roadmaps section of our website. The VTO Incubator FOA areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Energy Storage R&D
  • Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Motors R&D
  • Advanced Combustion Engine R&D
  • Materials Technology
  • Fuels and Lubricant Technologies
  • Other.

In addition to the above topic areas, this VTO Incubator FOA is open to applications that aim to bring to market a novel, non incremental technology that facilitates one or more of the overall VTO goals.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 02/14/2014

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.