The Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) partners with industry, academia, and research facilities to further the development of geothermal energy technologies. 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 & Competitions, and Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs.

Current geothermal-related funding opportunities are listed below. Although GTO attempts to maintain current information on these solicitations, the official source for funding information is EERE Exchange. To explore closed funding opportunities, please visit the Closed Opportunities page.

Open Funding Opportunities

American-Made Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize. Visit the Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize page on the NREL Challenge site for more information. The initial submission deadline has passed. Only winners will move on to the remaining stages.

Geothermal Collegiate Competition. Visit the Geothermal Collegiate Competition page on the American-Made Challenges site for more information.

American-Made Geothermal Manufacturing Prize (Geothermal Prize). Visit the Geothermal Manufacturing Prize page on the American-Made Challenges site for more information. The initial submission deadline has passed. Only winners will move on to the remaining stages.

Direct Air Capture Combined with Dedicated Long-Term Carbon Storage, Coupled to Existing Low-Carbon Energy. Read the full funding opportunity announcement and for more information visit the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management website and the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s website.  

Request for Information: Technology Advancements for Subsurface Exploration for Renewable Energy Resources or Carbon Storage. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has issued a request for information to solicit input for a potential future ARPA-E research program. Visit EERE Exchange for more information. 

EnergyTech University Prize. Visit the EnergyTech University Prize page on the NREL Challenge site for more information.