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March 2, 2016 - 10:58am


Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001513
Funding Amount: $39,900,000

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Industrial Assessment Centers.”

This FOA supports EERE AMO technical assistance activities. The goal of the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program is twofold:  first, to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), currently defined as having gross annual sales below $100 million, fewer than 500 employees, and annual energy bills between $100,000 and $2.5 million, to increase their energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness; and second, to help address a growing shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy-related skills.

Prospective IACs can demonstrate their capabilities and describe their approach to serve small and medium-sized manufacturers by analyzing the operating characteristics, productivity, and energy, water and waste usage of manufacturing facilities; identifying, quantifying, and recommending specific opportunities to improve energy and water efficiency, reduce waste, and improve productivity; and reporting the findings to the facility, together with estimates of the energy savings opportunities, implementation costs, and payback periods.

Each IAC will provide extensive training for undergraduate and graduate engineering students in industrial processes, energy assessment procedures, and energy management systems.  IAC Applicants should define how they will maximize the student experience; increase student technical knowledge and business sense; and develop their understanding of key industrial concepts, including industrial supply chains, sustainability issues, and management systems. 

In addition to the services outlined above, EERE is looking for new and innovative ways to accomplish its programmatic goals for manufacturers, and encourages Applicants to propose creative approaches to delivering IAC services that coincide with AMO priorities.  These priorities are projected to include:

  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Cyber Security
  • Energy Management Systems; and
  • Wastewater and Water Facilities

It is expected that multiple awards will be given to 20 to 30 universities, with partnering organizations, as IACs based on a competitive selection process in the form of cooperative agreements. The estimated period of performance for each award will be five years.

Download the full notice of intent HERE, which includes more information about the proposed applicant eligibility requirements. EERE plans to issue the FOA on or about late February/early March 2016.