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Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001387 

Funding Amount: $20,000,000

The Photovoltaic Research & Development (PVRD) funding opportunity will fund approximately 30 to 35 projects that will advance the limits of photovoltaic cell and module performance toward and beyond the 2020 SunShot goals. Successful applicants will demonstrate a convincing ability to improve the power conversion efficiency, fielded energy output, service lifetime, or manufacturability of commercial and emerging PV technologies. In addition to multiyear research projects in Topic 2 and Topic 3, PVRD also has a topic area (Topic 1) dedicated to small, single-year projects intended to demonstrate the potential for expanded work in a given area, which will be reviewed and selected on an accelerated schedule. This funding program represents one aspect of the SunShot Initiative’s efforts to encourage the widespread deployment of PV systems by achieving cost competitiveness with traditional energy sources. Applicants are encouraged to form teams that leverage the strengths of the individual members, and that demonstrate the timeliness and relevance of the project to the present status of the industry.

Prior to submitting a SIPS application (Topic 1) or a Concept Paper (Topics 2 & 3), a Letter of Intent is due by October 7, 2015. See all application dates below.

FOA Issue Date:September 16, 2015
First Informational Webinar (All Topics):September 29, 2015, 2:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Letter of Intent:October 7, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for SIPS Applications (Topic 1):October 19, 2015, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers (Topics 2 &3):October 19, 2015,  5:00pm ET
Second Informational Webinar: December 8, 2015, 2:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications (Topic 2 & 3):January 11, 2016, 5:00pm ET
Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments (Topic 2 & 3 only):February 25, 2016 5:00pm ET
Expected Timeframe for Pre-selection Clarification Meetings (Topics 2 & 3 only, if requested by DOE):March 21 - April 6, 2016
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications:

Topic 1: January 2016
Topics 2 & 3: May 2016

Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations:

Topic 1: January - February 2016
Topics 2 & 3: May - June 2016


Additional Information

Download the full funding opportunity on the EERE Exchange website

Read the EERE press release about this FOA

Read the NREL paper "Technology Advances Needed for Photovoltaics to Achieve Widespread Grid Price Parity"

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