What Funding Is Available from the Office of EERE?

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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) supports energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development (R&D), as well as a limited number of education or outreach activities related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The majority of EERE’s available funding is announced via Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and the funding mechanisms listed on our Other Sources of EERE Funding page. However, there may be other EERE programs available. See what resources are available for the following groups.

Researchers

EERE typically provides notice of available funding for research and development projects through Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).

Individual researchers or organizations can apply for EERE's FOAs. Learn about Finding Funding Opportunity Announcements and how to Apply for Funding.

Low-Income Individuals

Low-income individuals may be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program, a program that improves the energy efficiency of a home, by doing tasks like increasing insulation and replacing inefficient windows. A more efficient home is more comfortable to live in and costs less to heat and cool.

EERE provides funding to the states and territories which manage the Weatherization Assistance Programs, process applications, and manage the work in homes. To apply, contact your State Energy Office directly. Learn how on the Weatherization Assistance Program website.

Individuals or Businesses Purchasing Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy Technologies

EERE does not provide grants to purchase or install energy-efficient or renewable energy technologies. However, there may be tax credits, rebates, or other funding sources available in your state, which can make it cheaper to purchase or install these technologies. Look up your state on the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

The Energy Saver website is full of tips for increasing the energy efficiency of your home. Energy Saver also has a section on incentives and financing for energy-efficient homes.

Inventors

Typically, EERE does not provide funding to start new companies, develop prototypes, or market new products. However, if you have expertise in a research topic described in one of EERE's funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), you may be eligible to apply or partner with another applicant. Learn about Finding Funding Opportunity Announcements and how to Apply for Funding, or see:

  • EERE Exchange: If the technology you're researching is related to one of EERE's open FOAs, you may be eligible to apply—you do not need to be a business or a research organization, unless otherwise specified in the FOA’s eligibility section.
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E): ARPA-E funds applied R&D aimed at creating real-world solutions to important problems in energy creation, distribution, and use. It also has FOAs that are specifically geared to this audience.
  • Other Department of Energy Programs: The U.S. Department of Energy supports a number of grant, loan, and financing programs. Learn more about these programs and how you can participate.
  • Unsolicited Proposals: If EERE's other funding options will not work for your project, submit an unsolicited proposal for funding to the Department of Energy.

Small Businesses

EERE does not provide startup funding for businesses. However, If you are a small business and you want to provide services to the U.S. Department of Energy, see the Small Business Program. If you are a small business that conducts scientific research in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, see:

  • SBIR/STTR website: SBIR/STTR funding opportunities are geared toward small business researchers.
  • EERE Exchange: If the scientific research you're conducting is related to one of EERE's open FOAs, you may be eligible to apply for funding.

City Governments

EERE provides funds directly to the states for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, which are then distributed and managed by the state. If you are seeking funding for energy efficiency or renewable energy projects in your city, contact your state's energy office.

State Governments

EERE's State Energy Program provides funds to the states for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. If you are from a state government, contact the State Energy Program directly for more information on the funds available.

EERE also manages formula grants for state and local government energy projects. Funding formulas are set by federal statute.