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The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) funds solar energy research and development projects through competitive solicitations known as funding opportunities, as well as prizes. You can view all current funding opportunities here.

While most recent funding programs encompass all research areas, previous funding programs were limited to specific research areas: photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), systems integration (SI), soft costs (SC), and manufacturing and competitiveness (M&C). Learn more about our research areas here. For a list of individual projects, view our Solar Energy Resource Database. See a list of our National Laboratory funding programs here. You can learn more about the projects SETO funds with other offices in DOE here.

You can view all active and completed funding programs in the tables below. These tables include announced funding programs (with links to landing pages), research areas, year announced (with links to press releases) and amount announced dating back to 2007. This data is subject to change and is for general informational purposes only. SETO does not guarantee that the data is complete or free of error. If you have a question about any of the information below, email solar@ee.doe.gov.

Active Funding Programs

Funding ProgramResearch AreaYear AnnouncedAmount Awarded
American-Made Solar Prize Round 4M&C2020$3M
Education Materials for Professional Organizations Working on Efficiency and Renewable Energy Developments (EMPOWERED)SC2020TBD
Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)M&C2009-20$48M
Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2020 (SETO FY2020)All2020$130M
Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2020 Perovskite (SETO FY20 PVSK)PV2020TBD
American-Made Challenges: Solar Desalination PrizeCSP2019$5M
American-Made Solar Prize Round 3M&C2019$3M
American-Made Solar Prize Round 2M&C2019$3M
Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2019 (SETO FY2019)All2019$30M
Advanced Power Electronics Design for Solar Applications (Power Electronics)SI2018$20M
Advanced Systems Integration for Solar Technologies (ASSIST)SI2018$36M
American-Made Solar Prize Round 1M&C2018$3M
Generation 3 Concentrating Solar Power Systems (Gen3 CSP)CSP2018$62M
Solar DesalinationCSP2018$21M
Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2018 (SETO FY2018)All2018$12M
Solar Energy Technologies Office FY2019-21 Lab CallAll2018$62M
Enabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE)SI2017$30M
Innovative PathwaysM&C2017$3M
Photovoltaic Research and Development 2: Modules and Systems (PVRD2)PV2017$20M
Resilient Distribution Systems Lab CallSI2017$10M
Solar Forecasting 2SI2017$12M
SunShot Technology to Market 3 (T2M3)M&C2017$25M
Concentrating Solar Power: Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy Costs (CSP: COLLECTS)CSP2016$9M
Grid Modernization Lab Consortium (GMLC)SI2016$10M
Orange Button℠ - Solar Bankability Data to Advance Transactions and Access (SB-DATA)SC2017$4M
Photovoltaic Research and Development (PVRD)PV2016$17M
Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 2 – State Energy Strategies (SEEDS2-SES)SC2016$21M
Solar Training and Education for ProfessionalsSC2016$10M
SunShot Technology to Market 2 "Incubator 11, SolarMat 4"M&C2016$25M
Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES)SI2016$18M
CSP: Advanced Projects Offering Low LCOE Opportunities (APOLLO)CSP2015$32M
Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar 2 (PREDICTS 2)PV2015$7M
Solar Market PathwaysSC2015$16M
Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities (SPARC)SC2015$13M
SunShot National Laboratory Multiyear Partnership (SuNLaMP)All2015$230M
SunShot Technology to Market “Incubator 10, SolarMat 3, SunPath 2”M&C2015$23M

Completed Funding Programs

Funding ProgramResearch AreaYear AnnouncedAmount Awarded
Photovoltaic Research and Development: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (PVRD-SIPS)PV2016$20M
Solar in Your Community ChallengeSC2016$5M
SunShot PrizeSC2015$10M
Catalyst Energy Innovation PrizeSC2014$1M
CSP: Efficiently Leveraging Equilibrium Mechanisms for Engineering New Thermochemical Storage (CSP ELEMENTS)CSP2014$10M
Next Generation Photovoltaics 3PV2014$14M
Solar Manufacturing Technology II (SolarMat 2)M&C2014$25M
SunShot Incubator Program (Rounds 1-9)All2007-14$127M
CSP Heat Integration for Baseload Renewable Energy Deployment (CSP HIBRED)CSP2013$10M
Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar (DISTANCE-Solar)PV2013$1M
Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency 2 (F-PACE 2)PV2013$16M
Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED)SC2013$15M
National Laboratory R&DCSP2013$27M
Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar (PREDICTS)PV2013$12M
Rooftop Solar Challenge IISC2013$12M
Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS)SC2013$9M
Solar Manufacturing Technology (SolarMaT)M&C2013$13M
Solar Utility Networks: Replicable Innovations in Solar Energy (SUNRISE)SI2013$8M
Bridging Research Interactions through collaborative Development Grants in Energy (BRIDGE)PV2012$8M
CSP SunShot R&DCSP2012$56M
National Laboratory R&DSI2012$77M
MURI HOT FluidsCSP2012$10M
Plug and Play PhotovoltaicsSI2012$25M
Solar ForecastingSI2012$11M
Extreme Balance of System Hardware Cost Reduction (BOS-X)SI2011$42M
High Impact Supply Chain R&D for PV Technologies and SystemsM&C2011$20M
Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency (F-PACE)PV2011$35M
Next Generation Photovoltaics 2PV2011$24M
Photovoltaic Manufacturing Initiative (PVMI)M&C2011$110M
Rooftop Solar ChallengeSC2011$12M
Scaling Up Nascent PV AT Home (SUNPATH)M&C2011$37M
Solar Electric Grid Integration - Advanced Concepts (SEGIS-AC)SI2011$26M
Solar Projects to Reduce Market Barriers and Non-Hardware Balance of System CostsSC2011$14M
CSP BaseloadCSP2010$62M
CSP ARRACSP2009$30M
High Penetration Solar DeploymentSI2009$38M
Solar Outreach Partnership (Solar Ops)SC2009$10M
Advanced Heat Transfer Fluids and Novel Thermal Storage Concepts for CSPCSP2008$35M
Concentrating Solar Power R&DCSP2007$25M

 

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