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Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency

Open Date: 04/08/2011

Close Date: 06/30/2011

Funding Organization: Solar Energy Technologies Program

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000492


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to fund applied scientific research that provides the technical foundation for significant increases in solar photovoltaic (PV) cell efficiency, to enable commercial and near-commercial PV technologies to achieve $1 per watt direct current installed system cost targets by the end of the decade. Combined with the technical and funding resources from the National Science Foundation (NSF), this joint Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will identify and fund solar device physics and PV technology research and development that will improve PV cell performance and reduce module cost for grid-scale commercial applications. 

Projects funded under this FOA are intended to address identified cost and efficiency barriers through advances in the PV science and engineering knowledge base, improved materials and processes for PV cell components, and innovative approaches for closing the gap between production cell efficiency and laboratory cell efficiency, and between laboratory cell efficiency and the theoretical maximum. These goals jointly support the missions of the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Program and the NSF Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems (ECCS) Division.  Through this FOA, the DOE Solar Program and ECCS intend to jointly pursue foundational research into PV cell and subcell technology to support the SunShot Initiative, which has a goal to reduce the cost of solar electricity from solar by 75% over the next decade to make it competitive with conventional fossil fuel-sourced generation.   

There will be three topics to which an application may be submitted under this FOA.   

  • Topic 1: Foundational Research on PV Subcell Materials and Processes
  • Topic 2: Foundational PV Cell Research
  • Topic 3: Barrier Focus Teams  

Concept Paper Applications Due: May 9, 2011
Invitations for Full Applications Sent: May 23, 2011
Full Applications Due: June 30, 2011**

**Only Applicants who submitted Concept Paper Applications by the due date and whose Concept Paper Applications were deemed compliant will be allowed to submit a Full Application.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Last updated: 06/08/2011

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.