The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking feedback on key barriers that may prevent long-term access to low-cost water supplies that could be best addressed through challenges and prize competitions. Challenges and prize competitions rely on competitive structures to drive innovation among a broad set of participants and usually offer financial and/or other rewards to winners and finalists. This Request for Information (RFI) was first released in conjunction with a roundtable discussion led by Energy Secretary Rick Perry on the use of federal prizes and challenges to drive innovation, particularly when it comes to critical water issues. DOE may use the information provided through this RFI to develop challenges and prize competitions to address these key water issues.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to no later than 5 p.m. EDT on May 14, 2018. Search for DE-FOA-0001899 on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange site for information about the Critical Water Issues Prize Competition RFI.