***Selections for Photovoltaic Research and Development (PVRD) 2: Modules and Systems were announced on July 12, 2017. See the list of projects here.***

Subprogram: Photovoltaics
Funding Number: DE-FOA-0001654
Funding Amount: $25 million


The Photovoltaics Research and Development 2: Modules and Systems (PVRD2) funding programaims to advance photovoltaic (PV) technology towards and beyond the 2020 SunShot goals. Specifically, it aims to develop technologies that have the potential to produce new classes of commercial PV products that improve module performance, reliability, and manufacturability. PVRD2 builds on progress made in the first round of the funding program.

PVRD2 has three distinct topics addressing the solar energy costs that can be addressed by photovoltaic research and development.

  • Topic Area 1 will grant small exploratory projects that will determine the potential of an innovative idea in all aspects of photovoltaic systems and lay the groundwork for further development.
  • Topic Area 2 will lead to significant improvements in the performance, energy yield, manufacturability, and reliability of completed PV modules as well as develop advanced methods for module characterization and analysis.
  • Topic Area 3 will focus both on hardware and software solutions to facilitate the rapid, safe, and cost-effective deployment and commissioning of PV systems.

Awards are expected to be made for 25-30 projects for a total of $25 million. The deadline to submit a letter of intent is December 1, 2016; full applications are due March 3, 2017. See the table below for a list of all deadlines relating to this funding opportunity announcement.

FOA Issue Date November 14, 2016
Informational Concept Paper Webinar (Relevant to Topic Areas 2 and 3) November 21, 2016 at 2:30pm ET
Submission Deadline for Letter of Intent December 1, 2016 at 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers (Required for Topic Areas 2 and 3) December 14, 2016 at 5:00pm ET
Informational Webinar for All Topic Areas February 7, 2017
Submission Deadline for Full Applications and SIPS Applications (Required for All Topic Areas) March 3, 2017 at 5:00pm ET
Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments (Not Applicable for Topic Area 1) April 20, 2017 at 5:00pm ET
Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications (All Topic Areas) July 15, 2017
Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations July and August 2017

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