The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) supports funding opportunities on photovoltaics, concentrating solar power, systems integration, technology to market, and soft costs projects. Following an open, competitive solicitation process, these funding opportunities encourage collaborative partnerships among industry, universities, national laboratories, federal, state, and local governments and non-government agencies and advocacy groups. Solicitations may include financial or technical assistance. Learn more about how to apply for a funding opportunity.
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Open Funding Opportunities
There are currently no open funding opportunities.
Closed Funding Opportunities - Applications in Review
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Other Funding Opportunities
To increase the commercial impact of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories and their engagement with industry, OTT has released a call for proposals to DOE National Labs that wish to seek funding from the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). There are two topic areas for proposals—technology maturation and cooperative development. SETO is interested in funding up to 20 projects from current, prior, or new laboratory investigators in either of these topics to advance solar technologies. Proposals may address new concepts or maturation and commercialization of previously funded work.
The TCF is part of a broad array of activities that promote federal research and development investments in technology with commercial potential find their way to a viable market. Labs are the lead applicants and require a commercial, private-sector partner to commit a 50% project cost share and be involved in project formation and execution.
View a webinar recording to learn more about the solicitation, email questions to TCF@hq.doe.gov, and submit declarations of eligibility by October 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET and proposals by December 12, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET through OTT’s submission portal, Proposal and Review Operations Platforms (PROPs), which is administered by Idaho National Laboratory.
American-Made Challenges: Solar Desalination Prize – Submissions to open by January 1, 2020
American-Made Solar Prize Round 2 – Set! Contest submission deadline is March 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. ET
American-Made Solar Prize Round 3 – Ready! Contest submission deadline is December 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET
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