Bureau or Account: Electricity

Funding amount: $50,000,000

Period of Availability: Available until expended

Funding Mechanism: Interagency Agreement with Commerce, National Laboratory funding

New Program: Yes

Recipients: Utilities, National Labs, Bulk Power System Vendors

Description: To increase the functional preservation of electric grid operations or natural gas and oil operations in the face of threats and hazards.

Eligible Uses: 

(A) develop capabilities to identify vulnerabilities and critical components that pose
major risks to grid security if destroyed or impaired;
(B) provide modeling at the national level to predict impacts from natural or humanmade events;
(C) add physical security to the cybersecurity maturity model;
(D) conduct exercises and assessments to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities to the
electric grid, including providing mitigation recommendations;
(E) conduct research on hardening solutions for critical components of the electric grid;
(F) conduct research on mitigation and recovery solutions for critical components of the
electric grid; and
(G) provide technical assistance to States and other entities for standards and risk
analysis.

Next Milestone:  Estimated application opening date, 4th quarter 2022.