Over the last decade, national investments in advanced manufacturing and decarbonization have grown significantly. DOE is investing more than ever in a decarbonized and competitive industrial sector and a domestic clean energy manufacturing base. As a result, the strategic planning, RD&D, workforce development, and technical assistance activities under the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) also expanded to support two critical missions: one focused on increasing domestic manufacturing competitiveness, supporting critical minerals & materials supply chains, and advancing clean energy manufacturing technologies, and another on decreasing industrial greenhouse gas emissions.
In recognition of the national urgency of both missions, the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Office (EERE) saw the need to give each a dedicated office. These new offices will allow EERE to remain nimble and transparent as well as focused on both missions. As such, on October 9th, 2022, EERE’s manufacturing activities will be organized within the Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Technologies Office (AMMTO) and the Industrial Efficiency & Decarbonization Office (IEDO). AMMTO will focus on accelerating innovation in the manufacturing sector and supporting a domestic clean energy technology manufacturing economy. IEDO will focus on reducing industrial greenhouse gas emissions and increasing industrial resource efficiency.
This restructuring will help DOE remain flexible, responsive, and transparent across the broad mission space of advanced manufacturing and position EERE for future opportunities in both critical mission spaces.
Why is AMO Restructuring?
For the past ten years, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) has supported two critical missions: one focused on increasing domestic manufacturing competitiveness and advancing clean energy manufacturing technologies, and the other focused on industrial efficiency and greenhouse gas emission reductions.
During this time AMO has grown, and both missions have become even more important. The restructuring will enable EERE to give each mission the attention needed.
What will the new offices cover?
How do these offices work with other DOE offices?
AMMTO and IEDO work closely with each other and with other DOE industrial and manufacturing technology offices to advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and decrease industrial emissions:
- The Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) will focus on Research Development & Demonstration (RD&D), technical assistance (TA), and workforce development for energy-related materials and manufacturing technologies to drive U.S. economic competitiveness and a net zero emission economy by 2050.
- The Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO) will focus on RD&D, TA, and workforce development for technologies that support energy efficiency, electrification and the transition to low carbon fuels and feedstocks in the industrial sector.
- The Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) is responsible for strengthening and securing manufacturing and energy supply chains needed to modernize the nation’s energy infrastructure and support a clean and equitable energy transition.
- The Office of Clean Energy Demonstration (OCED) is responsible for delivering clean energy demonstration projects at scale in partnership with the private sector to accelerate deployment, market adoption, and the equitable transition to a decarbonized energy system.
In addition, AMMTO and IEDO work with all of the DOE applied and basic research technology offices to support specific manufacturing and industrial technologies from lab to market.
I currently work with an AMO program. How can I find out where it will be located?
For specific projects, the project database can be used to find which office will be managing your project.
If you are concerned about where your specific program is located, you are welcome to discuss this with your program manager or reach out to us directly.
The Industrial Assessment Centers will no longer be managed by EERE and are moving to the new Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) Office.
Where can I learn about career openings for these two offices?
Where do I find information on current or future FOAs?
Projects awarded from past funding opportunity announcements can be found in our project database and are searchable by their associated funding opportunity announcement and new program area.
AMMTO and IEDO remain within the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Efficiency Office (EERE) and continue to use EERE channels for new funding solicitations, such as EERE Exchange or through our announcements.
Will the two new offices be changing how they award funding?
AMMTO and IEDO continue to award funding through the mechanisms traditionally used by AMO. This includes through funding opportunity announcements, prizes, lab calls, as well as through institutes, hubs, and demonstration facilities.
How do we develop communities of stakeholders? How do stakeholders for both offices interact with each other?
Each office will be holding their own workshops, and we are planning an annual merit review for spring 2023 that will cover both of these offices. Future workshops will inform stakeholders about future funding topics for each office, consistent with their mission.
What Technology Readiness Levels will each office target?
Both offices support a wide array of technology readiness levels. AMMTO and IEDO each have a broad portfolio of RD&D and technical assistance and workforce development, targeting their respective missions. Funding will be awarded on a competitive merit-review basis and informed by stakeholder input. Future funding opportunity announcements will contain detail about the technologies eligible for specific initiatives.
Will AMMTO and IEDO fund demonstration projects?
Yes, AMMTO and IEDO both continue to support subscale or pilot scale demonstrations to address performance, cost, and durability issues of emerging technologies, when appropriate in specific funding opportunities.
How do I learn more about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law?
There are many opportunities to both inform the design of BIL programs and access funding. Information about all BIL provisions managed by DOE is available at Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Homepage | Department of Energy.
In addition, DOE has regional specialists that can help guide you to appropriate resources which can be contacted at DL-RegionalSpecialists@hq.doe.gov.
How are ongoing projects going to be affected by this restructuring?
A high priority in the restructuring will be to make sure that points of contact for industry and research stakeholders remain unchanged. If there are any changes in which EERE personnel are managing individual projects, stakeholders can expect to be informed of such changes through periodic project reviews & normal communications with EERE staff.
Vision: A competitive U.S. manufacturing sector that accelerates the adoption of innovative materials and manufacturing technologies in support of a clean, decarbonized economy.
Mission: We advance energy-related materials and manufacturing technologies to increase domestic competitiveness and build a clean, decarbonized economy.
Vision: An efficient and competitive industrial sector with net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
Mission: IEDO accelerates the innovation and adoption of cost-effective technologies that eliminate industrial GHG emissions