BTO manages three types of of projects.
- Core projects are long-running projects based at DOE National Labs.
- Competitively awarded projects are two or three year projects awarded either through limited solicitations to the DOE National Labs or through open solicitations like the Emerging Technologies Program's annual BENEFIT solicitation, Commercial and Residential Building solicitations, and DOE's Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) and Small Business Voucher (SBV) programs. You can learn about upcoming BTO solicitations at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/ and about upcoming small business solicitations at https://science.energy.gov/sbir/funding-opportunities/.
- Center-led projects are associated with federally-created research and development centers, usually involving DOE counterparts in foreign countries. Centers and their associated projects typically have five year performance periods. There are currently no active center-led projects in the BEM portfolio.
All projects are prospectively Merit Reviewed by external reviewers. They are also retrospectively Peer Reviewed by external reviewers once or twice during their performance period. Core projects are divided into three-year performance periods for Merit and Peer Review purposes.