Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy


To support the President?s National Objectives for the Department of Energy, and the Objectives contained in the authorizing legislation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Pending As noted in ARPA-E's FY17 Congressional Budget Justification - In FY16 ARPA-E released funding opportunity announcements for seven focused programs and awarded $201M to 77 projects that aim to: improve the energy efficiency of existing single-pane windows in commercial and residential buildings, increase energy efficiency of datacenters, develop new crop breeding approaches for improved root and soil function, use renewable energy to convert air and water into cost-competitive liquid fuels, reduce energy consumption of future vehicles, and accelerate devices built with high performance ion-conducting solids to commercial deployment. As of February 2017, ARPA-E has invested a total of $1.5 billion across more than 580 projects through 36 focused programs and three open funding solicitations. This initial investment has attracted more than $1.8 billion in private sector follow-on funding. Additionally, at least 56 ARPA-E project teams have formed new companies and 68 projects have partnered with other government agencies for further development.
Fiscal Year 2017 Pending
Fiscal Year 2019 Since 2009, ARPA-E has provided approximately $2 billion in R&D funding for more than 800 potentially transformational energy technology projects. ARPA-E tracks key early indicators that help illustrate how the advanced R&D funded by the Agency can potentially turn into commercial impact, including private-sector follow-on funding, new company formation, partnership with other government agencies, publications, inventions, and patents. In March 2019, ARPA-E announced that many of its project teams have continued to advance their technologies: 76 new companies have formed; 131 have partnered with another government agency; and 145 teams have together raised more than $2.9 billion in private-sector follow-on funding to continue to advance their technology toward the market. Moreover, as of March 2019, ARPA-E projects have helped advance scientific understanding and technological innovation through 2,489 peer-reviewed journal articles and 346 patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These indicators demonstrate that ARPA-E’s approach to selecting, funding, and actively managing early-stage energy R&D continues to pay off, advancing the state of the art in energy science and engineering and defining new opportunities for commercialization of advanced energy technologies. Link:
This agency was chartered and authorized in 2007 in the America COMPETES Act (Public Law 110-69), and re-authorized in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-358).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
As described in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public
Compliance with Federal, State and local environmental statutes and regulations, as required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Pre-application required in the form of a Concept Paper (unless directed differently in the Funding Opportunity Announcement). This program is not eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, “Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications for ARPA-E must be submitted through ARPA-E eXCHANGE to be considered for award. Information on how to submit application via ARPA-E eXCHANGE can be found at: It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify successful transmission.
Award Procedure
All eligible applications will be considered through the Department's Merit Review Process.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
As required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
As described in the Funding Opportunity Annoucement.
How may assistance be used?
ARPA-E will fund research and development of transformational energy related technologies.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Audit requirements laid out in the OMB Circulars apply to the ARPA-E Program. Circulars are available at the White House website.
In accordance with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and DOE procurement procedures.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. Detailed cost share requirements are specified in each Funding Opportunity Announcement.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
As required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, as applicable. Most often under a Cooperative Agreement as reimbursable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Hai Duong
Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20585 US
Phone: (202) 287-6583
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$129,705,947.00; FY 19 est $334,750,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$204,480,148.00; FY 16$266,955,201.00; - Energy Transformation Acceleration Fund
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$250,000 to $10,000,000 (average range is $2 million)
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As described under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, America COMPETES Act of 2007, and the America ReCOMPETES Act of 2010.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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