DOE to Solicit Research and DevelopmentProposals from Chemical Industry
April 16, 1999NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Mike Terwilliger, 202/586-5806
Washington, D.C. -- The Department of Energy's (DOE) will issue a solicitation in late May for research and development activities in support of Technology Vision 2020: The U.S. Chemical Industry, the industry's action plan for the future. The solicitation will primarily target technological needs identified by the chemical industry.
The project awards are planned for September. Approximately $4 million will be available in the solicitation to support advanced research and development projects that address computational chemistry, catalysis, separations, materials of construction and alternative chemical pathways. This will further the Energy Department's mission of advancing energy- and waste-intensive industries by identifying and pursuing energy efficiency and environmentally beneficial technologies. The solicitation will also encourage industrial partnerships (such as the teaming of two or more chemical companies), cost sharing with the government and involvement from the academic community.
The industry's action plan-which focused on new chemical science and engineering technology, supply chain management, information systems and manufacturing and operations-was completed in 1996. Following its completion, officials from the chemical industry, technical community and DOE signed a memorandum of understanding that provides a framework for joint research, development and demonstration. This is the second solicitation dedicated to supporting the chemical industry in achieving the plan's goals.
Additional detailed information about the solicitation will appear on DOE's Chicago Operations Office home page.