What Does GTO Do? flyer showing the funding opportunities stage in phase 4 for projects and how the American public has opportunities to receive money for geothermal projects.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) partners with industry, academia, and research facilities to further the development of geothermal energy technologies through funding and support of geothermal projects. Competitive solicitations issued as Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are the principal mechanism used to contract for cost-shared research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects. Other types of funding announcements include Notices of Technical Assistance, Notices of Intent, Prizes and Competitions, and Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs.

Current geothermal-related funding opportunities are listed below. Although GTO maintains current information on these solicitations, the official source for funding information is the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange, also called the EERE Exchange.

All potential applicants and reviewers need to have a login.gov account to access EERE Exchange and apply to open opportunities. For more information, please read the Multi-Factor Authentication Quick Guide.

To receive notice of new GTO funding opportunities, sign up for GTO office updates and subscribe to our monthly newsletter, The Drill Down, which also includes information on other DOE funding opportunities.





Open Opportunities


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EnergyTech UP 

The EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP) awards a total of $550,000 to winning competitors for developing a business plan that incorporates an up-and-coming energy technology. The competition is supported by the Office of Technology Transitions in partnership with GTO and other DOE offices, and GTO encourages geothermal-focused applicants to apply and further advance geothermal energy. 

New this year: The 2024 competition includes a collegiate faculty track for educators to create an implementation plan for integrating or expanding energy technology commercialization or entrepreneurship activities at their home institutions.   

Read the 2024 rules and regulations and sign up to compete in EnergyTech UP 2024 by February 1, 2024! For more information, stream the recording of the first informational webinar and check out the prize’s timeline for additional live webinars. 


 U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Geophone Prize amplification graphic, one of the American Made Geothermal Prizes

Geothermal Geophone Prize

The Geothermal Geophone Prize provides $3.65 million in total incentives and engages with the nation’s innovators and entrepreneurs to rapidly discover, develop, and deliver new high temperature seismic sensor solutions. This prize was launched on April 18, 2022 and is currently in Phase 2. Visit the Geothermal Geophone Prize to learn more and apply.


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SBIR and STTR Programs

U.S. Department of Energy | Office of SBIT/STTR Programs | SBIR STTR America's Seed Fund

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs help small businesses conduct research and development (R&D). At DOE, funding takes the form of grants for projects that must have the potential for commercialization and must meet specific DOE mission-specific R&D needs. Specific research topics are selected through the DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Office working collaboratively with DOE's program offices.

DOE offers more than 60 technical topics and 250 subtopics, spanning multiple research areas. To find out if any open SBIR opportunities have geothermal topic areas, visit the Office of Science's SBIR Funding Opportunities page and open the Topic Areas or FOA documents listed on the tables’ “Document” rows.


Closed Opportunities


Open Date

Close Date

Funding Number

Geothermal Collegiate Competition 2023

Aug. 1, 2023

Oct. 4, 2023


Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Pilot Demonstrations (Round 1)

Feb. 8, 2023

Jun. 16, 2023


FY22 AMMTO-GTO Joint FOA: Lithium Extraction and Conversion From Geothermal Brines

Nov. 9, 2022

Jan. 31, 2023


FORGE Solicitation for EGS

Aug. 15, 2022

Jan. 10, 2023


Geothermal energy from Oil and Gas Demonstrated Engineering (GEODE)

July 28, 2022

Oct. 28, 2022


EnergyTech University Prize 2023

May 10, 2022 Jan. 26, 2023 N/A

Community Geothermal Heating and Cooling Design and Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

May 3, 2022

Oct. 11, 2022


Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)-2022 Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Pilot Demonstrations Request for Information

April 19, 2022

May 13, 2022


Geothermal Drilling Technology Demonstration Campaign Funding Opportunity Announcement

Feb. 4, 2022

June 3,2022


FY 2022 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Funding Opportunities

Dec. 13, 2021

Feb. 22, 2022


Direct Air Capture Combined with Dedicated Long-Term Carbon Storage, Coupled to Existing Low-Carbon Energy

Oct. 26, 2021

Dec. 22, 2021


Geothermal Collegiate Competition – Class of 2022 (Winners were announced in May 2022)

June 16, 2021

Nov. 18, 2021


Wells of Opportunity (WOO): Amplify II and Reamplify

June 10, 2021

Aug. 16, 2021


Innovative Methods to Control Hydraulic Properties of Enhanced Geothermal Systems

April 30, 2021

June 15, 2021


Opportunities to Improve Geothermal Technology Cost and Performance Modeling

April 28, 2021

May 28, 2021


Wells of Opportunity (WOO): Pilot and Amplify

Feb. 4, 2020

April 24, 2020


Hydrothermal and Low Temperature Geothermal Research

Feb. 4, 2020

May 4, 2020


American-Made Challenge: Geothermal Manufacturing Prize

Jan. 29, 2020

Aug. 29, 2022


Subsurface Stress and Loss Circulation in Geothermal Drilling

March 28, 2019

June 7, 2019


Call for Proposals to Advance Geothermal Research and Development

Jan. 3, 2019

Jan. 31, 2020


Machine Learning for Geothermal Energy

July 19, 2018

Nov. 13, 2018


Zonal Isolation for Manmade Geothermal Reservoirs

June 25, 2018

July 25, 2018


Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy (EDGE)

April 23, 2018

July 16, 2018


Deep Direct-Use Feasibility Studies

Nov. 15, 2016

Feb. 22, 2017


Mineral Recovery Phase II: Geothermal Concepts and Approaches to Validate Extraction Technologies

Dec. 1, 2015

Feb. 29, 2016


Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE)

July 17, 2014

Nov. 12, 2014


Integrated Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) Research and Development

Feb. 21, 2014

April 30, 2014


Low Temperature Geothermal Mineral Recovery Program

Feb. 4, 2014

May 2, 2014


Geothermal Play Fairway Analysis

Jan. 24, 2014

April 11, 2014