This page provides a brief summary of past funding opportunities that were released by the Water Power Technologies Office.

For information about current opportunities, see the Current Opportunities page. 

Fiscal Year (FY) 2022

Technology Area

Type of Funding

Opportunity Announcement

Open Date

Close Date

Selection Announcement

Hydropower RFI Data and Research Needs for Climate Change-Informed Hydropower Operation and Research Planning 4/4/22 8/8/22 N/A
Hydropower Prize Hydropower Operations Optimization (H2O) Prize Phase One 4/6/22 5/20/22

WPTO Announces Phase One Winners in Hydropower Prize to Improve Grid Reliability and Resiliency

Marine Energy Prize Marine Energy Collegiate Competition 4/7/22 5/8/22

DOE Announces Winners of 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition

Hydropower Prize Hydropower Collegiate Competition 4/7/22 5/8/22 First Hydropower Collegiate Competition and 2023 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Competitors Announced
Hydropower Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002417: Technology Innovation To Increase Hydropower Flexibility 9/30/21 1/21/22

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $8 Million for Technologies to Increase Hydropower Flexibility

N/A Prize EERE Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize 9/30/21 2/25/22

DOE Awards $3.6 Million to Promote Equity And Diversity in Clean Energy Innovation

Hydropower Incentive Program EPAct 2005 Section 242 Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program 12/27/21 2/10/22 TBD
Marine Energy Research Program

Marine and Hydrokinetic Graduate Student Research Program

10/18/21 12/10/21

Three Students Selected for Graduate Student Research Program to Advance Marine Energy R&D

Hydropower

Request For Information (RFI)

Testing Capabilities and Facilities to Validate Hydropower Technology Innovations

8/24/21

12/7/21

N/A

FY 2021

Technology Area

Type of Funding

Opportunity Announcement

Open Date

Close Date

Selection Announcement

Marine Energy

Prize

Ocean Observing Prize

N/A

N/A

DOE and NOAA Announce 11 Winners of the Powering the Blue Economy Ocean Observing Prize

Marine Energy

Prize

Waves to Water Prize

N/A

N/A

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Finalists Advancing to Final Stage of "Waves to Water" Desalination Prize

Marine Energy

FOA

DE-FOA-0002415: Advancing Wave Energy Technologies through Open Water Testing at PacWave

7/7/21

Concept
Paper
Submissions: 
8/13/21

Full
Application:
10/5/21

Water Power Technologies Office Awards $25M for Open-Water R&D at PacWave

Hydropower RFI

Energy Policy Act of 2005 Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program

7/8/21

9/7/21

N/A

Hydropower

Marine Energy

RFI

Inclusive Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Climate Technology

6/8/21

8/6/21

N/A

Marine Energy

Request For Proposals (RFP)

Advancing Research for the Co-Existence of Fishing, Coastal Communities and Regional Ocean Renewable Energies

3/29/21 7/16/21

TBD

Marine Energy

Prize

Marine Energy Collegiate Competition

N/A

N/A

DOE Announces the 2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Contenders

Hydropower

Prize

I AM Hydro Prize

N/A

N/A

Hydropower Manufacturing Prize Winners Conceive Strategies To Lower Costs and Improve Performance of Hydropower Components

Hydropower

Prize

Groundbreaking Hydro Prize

N/A

N/A

U.S. Department of Energy Announces Groundbreaking Hydro Prize Winners

Hydropower; Marine Energy

TCF

2021 Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF)

N/A

N/A

Three Projects Funded in Latest Round of the Technology Commercialization Fund

Hydropower

Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance (NOTA)

Improving Hydropower’s Value Through Informed Decision-Making

2/17/21

4/16/21

EERE Announces Selectees for Technical Assistance and Upcoming Funding Opportunity on Hydropower Operational Flexibility

Marine Energy

Lab Call

Marine Energy Infrastructure Lab Call

12/2020

3/2021

N/A

Marine Energy

FOA

DE-FOA-0002360: SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement

12/14/20

1/4/21

Seven Innovative Water Power Technologies Selected for Research and Development Funding

Marine Energy

Grant

Operation and Maintenance of the Ocean Energy Safety Institute (OESI 2.0)

10/28/20

12/28/20

N/A

FY 2020

FY 2019

Technology Area

Type of Funding

Opportunity Announcement

Open Date

Close Date

Selection Announcement

Marine Energy

Prize

Marine Energy Collegiate Competition

8/15/2019

11/1/2019

Energy Department Announces 2020 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Winning Teams

Marine Energy

RFI

Marine Energy Laboratory Seedling Program
Request for Innovation

8/21/2019

9/27/2019

N/A

Hydropower; Marine Energy

FOA

DE-FOA-0002080: Water Power Technologies Office 2019 Research Funding Opportunity Announcement

4/1/2019

7/9/2019

DOE Announces $24.9 Million Funding Selections to Advance Hydropower and Water Technologies

Marine Energy; Hydropower

TCF

2019 Technology Commercialization Fund

N/A

N/A

Four Project Recipients in Latest Round of the Technology Commercialization Fund

Hydropower

SEC 242

Energy Policy Act of 2005 Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program

5/21/2019

6/20/2019

New Round of Hydroelectric Production Incentive Program Funding Now Available

Hydropower; Marine Energy

FOA

DE-FOA-0002012: Network Director for the U.S. Testing Expertise and Access for Marine Energy Research (TEAMER) Program

3/22/2019

6/7/2019

Energy Department Announces Network Director for Marine Energy Research and Testing Program

Hydropower; Marine Energy

SBIR/ STTR

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

8/17/2018

2/25/2019

Energy Department’s Small Business Innovation Research Program Announces Seven New Water Power-Focused Projects for FY19

Hydropower 

Prize 

Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time Commissioning for Pumped Storage Hydropower Prize

4/1/2019

6/7/2019

Energy Department Announces the Grand Prize Winners of the FAST Prize Competition

Hydropower

Prize

Improving Fish Exclusion from Water Diversions and Intakes Prize

3/6/2019

5/6/2019

N/A

FY 2018

FY 2017

FY 2016

Technology Area

Type of Funding

Opportunity Announcement

Open Date

Close Date

Selection Announcement

Hydropower

FOA

DE-FOA-0001455: HydroNEXT FOA: Innovative Technologies to Advance Non‐Powered Dam and Pumped‐Storage Hydropower Development 

7/26/2016

10/7/2016

Energy Department Awards up to $9.8 Million for Next-Generation Hydropower Technologies

Marine Energy

FOA

DE-FOA-0001419: Wave Energy Test Facility

8/16/2016

9/20/2016

Energy Department Announces Investment in Wave Energy Test Facility

Marine Energy; Hydropower

TCF

2016 Technology Commercialization Fund

N/A

N/A

DOE Announces $16 Million for 54 Projects to Help Commercialize Promising Energy Technologies: Technology Commercialization Fund Will Support 12 National Labs and 52 Private Sector Partners

Hydropower

SEC 242

2016 Guidance and Application for Hydroelectric Incentive Payments 

4/25/2016

5/31/2016

EPACT 2005 SECTION 242 HYDRO INCENTIVE PROGRAM CY15 INCENTIVE RECIPIENTS

Marine Energy

FOA

DE-FOA-0001418: Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Conversion and Environmental Monitoring Technology Advancement 

3/1/2016

5/26/2016

Energy Department Awards More Than $20 Million for Wave and Tidal Energy Projects

Hydropower

SEC 242

Guidance and Application for Hydroelectric Incentive Payments through the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Section 242 Program

12/16/2015

2/1/2016

EPACT 2005 SECTION 242 HYDRO INCENTIVE PROGRAM CY15 INCENTIVE RECIPIENTS

Hydropower; Marine Energy

SBIR/ STTR

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

N/A

N/A

FY2016 SBIR\EERE Phase II Award Selections

FY 2015

FY 2014

FY 2013