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U.S. Department of Energy

We are soliciting internal applicants for the U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Incubator (BTI) award program. As an institution we may submit only one Concept Paper and one Full Application for consideration under this FOA.

Background:

The mission of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is to engage in research and development (R&D) and demonstration and deployment (D&D) activities to transform renewable biomass resources into commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, and bioproducts, and biopower that enable biofuels production. With the United States’ clean energy goals in mind, EERE has established multi-year plans and roadmaps that focus the majority of its resources on a limited number of "highest probability of success" pathways/approaches to ensure that the program initiatives are supported at a critical mass (both in terms of dollars and time) for maximum impact.

This roadmap-based approach is one of EERE's greatest strengths, which can create challenges in recognizing and exploring unanticipated, game changing pathways/approaches which may ultimately be superior to the pathways/approaches on our existing roadmaps. To enhance the responsiveness of the roadmap approach, EERE is issuing "Incubator" Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) within its existing Offices and programs to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help meet existing goals but are not represented in a significant way in the Offices' existing Multi-Year Program Plans (MYPPs) or current portfolios.

The Incubator programs will allow EERE to assess new technologies for their potential to be “on ramped” to future MYPPs.  Successful incubator projects will reduce the risk associated with potentially breakthrough approaches and technologies so that they could be viable candidates for inclusion in future program roadmaps.

Download a full description of the Bioenergy Technologies Incubator program including links to more information on eligibility, application instructions, and frequently asked questions.

For our internal competition we require the following:

  1. Concept paper that describes/addresses the following (2 page max):
    1. The proposed technology, including its basic operating principles and how it is unique and innovative, especially with respect to the technologies in the BETO Multi-year Program Plan;
    2. The proposed technology’s target level of performance (Applicants should provide technical data or other support to show how the proposed target could be met);
    3. The current state-of-the-art in the relevant field and application, including key shortcomings, limitations, and challenges;
    4. How the proposed technology will overcome the shortcomings, limitations, and challenges in the relevant field and application;
    5. The potential impact that the proposed project would have on the relevant field and application;
    6. The key technical risks/issues associated with the proposed technology development plan; and
    7. The impact that EERE funding would have on the proposed project.
  2. One page addendum:
    1. Applicants may provide graphs, charts, or other data to supplement their Technology Description.
    2. Applicants are required to describe succinctly the qualifications, experience, and capabilities of the proposed Project Team, including:
      1. Whether the Principal Investigator (PI) and Project Team have the skill and expertise needed to successfully execute the project plan;
      2. Whether the Applicant has prior experience which demonstrates an ability to perform tasks of similar risk and complexity;
      3. Whether the Applicant has worked together with its teaming partners on prior projects or programs; and
      4. Whether the Applicant has adequate access to equipment and facilities necessary to accomplish the effort and/or clearly explain how it intends to obtain access to the necessary equipment and facilities.
  3. NIH Style bio sketch (2 page max)

Submit the above as a single pdf, with the name of the Principal Investigator (PI) and DOE-ERRE-Bioenergy in the title. Send to research@drexel.edu, with the subject line including the phrase DOE-ERRE-Bioenergy, no later than 11:59 pm, March 17, 2014. Concept papers are due to DOE-ERRE by March 31, 2014. Full applications are due to DOE-ERRE by May 23, 2014.