Industrial Energy Efficiency Grand Challenge Solicitation Now Open

June 4, 2009

The U.S. Department of Energy Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) has issued a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) titled “Industrial Energy Efficiency Grand Challenge.” The purpose of this solicitation is to fund cost-shared development of transformational industrial processes and technologies that reduce the energy intensity (million Btus per unit system output) or greenhouse gas emissions (carbon equivalent) of the system by a minimum of 25% while providing a return on investment of 10% or greater. The deadline for this opportunity is July 14, 2009, 11:59 PM ET. Letters of Intent are due June 15, 2009.

In support of ITP's goal to drive a 25% reduction in industrial energy intensity by 2020, this FOA seeks to develop transformational industrial processes and technologies associated with the nation’s energy intensive industries. This may include next generation manufacturing concepts, advanced industrial materials, greenhouse gas reduction technologies, and other innovative concepts that reduce industrial energy intensity and/or greenhouse gas emissions.

Industrial collaboration is strongly recommended, and cost sharing is required. Approximately $5 million is expected to be available for new awards in FY2009 and an additional $10 million is expected to be available for awards made under this announcement in FY2010.

There are four topic areas of interest: 

  1. Next Generation Manufacturing Concepts 
  2. Energy Intensive Processes 
  3. Advanced Materials 
  4. Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction.  

Applications for this FOA should be submitted through FedConnect. Go to "Search Public Opportunities" and enter Reference Number DE-FOA-0000113. Visit ITP’s solicitations page for more detailed information about the application process.