***Selections for the ENERGISE funding program were announced on January 31, 2017. Learn more about ENERGISE.***

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001495
Funding Amount: $25,000,000


The Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) funding program will develop distribution planning and operation solutions to enable dynamic, automated, and cost-effective management of distributed and variable generation sources, like solar, onto the grid. These software and hardware solutions will be highly scalable, data-driven, and capable of real-time system operation and planning. Solutions developed under ENERGISE will enable grid operators to gather up-to-the-minute measurement and forecast data from distributed energy sources and optimize system performance using sensor, communications, and data analytics technologies. This funding program has two topic areas:

  • Topic Area 1: Near-term projects, the focus of the first topic area, will develop commercially-ready, scalable distribution system planning and real-time grid operation solutions compatible with existing grid infrastructure to enable the addition of solar at 50% of the peak distribution load by 2020. One-year field demonstration is required with utility partners.
  • Topic Area 2: Projects that tackle the long-term challenge under Topic 2 will develop transformative and highly scalable technologies compatible with advanced grid infrastructure to enable solar at 100% of the peak distribution load by 2030. Large scale simulation is required to demonstration performance and scalability.

SunShot expects to make between 10 and 15 awards ranging between $500,000 and $4,000,000 for Topic Area 1 and between $500,000 and $2,000,000 for Topic Area 2.

Prior to submitting a full application for this opportunity, a brief, mandatory concept paper is due on June 17, 2016. See all application dates below.

FOA Issue Date:May 2, 2016
Informational Webinar:May 19, 2016
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers:June 17, 2016, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications:August 26, 2016, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer CommentsOctober 14, 2016, 5:00pm ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications:December 9, 2016
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations:60-90 days


Additional Information

Download the full funding opportunity on the EERE Exchange website

Read the EERE press release about this funding opportunity announcement

For FOA-specific support, contact Energise@ee.doe.gov.