New Release Date for Data Center Funding Opportunity

March 30, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy's Industrial Technologies Program has announced a new release date of June 2009 for a cost-shared solicitation that seeks to increase the energy efficiency of server-based telecommunications and data center facilities. Be ready to apply for this funding opportunity once it is released by completing the pre-registration process outlined in this article.

The purpose of the “Information and Communication Facility Energy Efficiency” funding opportunity is to promote R&D of innovative technologies that increase the energy efficiency of server-based information and communication technology (ICT) systems found in the nation’s data centers and in telecommunications central offices. The solicitation seeks proposals for projects that increase the efficiency of IT equipment and software, power systems, and cooling systems. In addition, the solicitation will fund the demonstration and field test of pre-commercial technologies in these areas as well as in distributed generation or alternative power technologies used to power ICT systems.

The Research and Development segment of this solicitation is expected to require a team capable of and experienced in: 

  • Research and development
  • Manufacturing the technology proposed
  • Bringing the technology to the end user through sales and marketing
  • Serving as an end user to demonstrate the efficacy of the technology proposed.

Some organizations may possess more than one of these capabilities. This notification will enable those intending to submit a proposal to start to form complete teams before the solicitation is released

This solicitation will soon be available on and FedConnect. Applicants are strongly encouraged to register at these Web sites to receive notification of announcements. When the solicitation is announced, applications will only be received through There are several one-time actions prospective applicants must complete prior to submitting an application through

  • Obtain a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System number
  • Register with the Central Contractor Registry and FedConnect
  • Register with

Read detailed instructions (PDF 45 KBDownload Adobe Reader) on completing the pre-application registration process. Applicants are encouraged to complete this process as soon as possible in order to be eligible to apply for this solicitation without delay.

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