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2020 Perovskite Funding Program

Cooperative Agreements to USA, Canada, and International Individuals,
Nonprofits, and For-Profits for Solar Energy Research and Development

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) - Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO)

Conf. Date:

08/21/20

LOI Date:

09/23/20

Deadline Date:

12/01/20 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA, Canada, and international individuals, for-profit and nonprofit entities, educational institutions, agencies, and consortia for solar energy research and technology development. Applicants are required to submit a concept paper and complete required registrations, which may take several weeks, prior to applying.

The SETO 2020 Perovskite Funding Program seeks to advance perovskite photovoltaic technology development and competitiveness through projects in economically viable device and manufacturing R&D and performance validation. The primary goals are to improve understanding of stability; establish methods to produce high-efficiency, stable devices using industry-relevant fabrication techniques; and develop test protocols that enable high confidence in long-duration field performance of perovskite-based photovoltaic technologies.

There are three priority areas identified in this FOA:

  • Topic Area 1: Device R&D (Efficiency and Stability) This topic area will fund research projects to advance perovskite efficiency and stability at the cell or mini-module scale beyond the current state of the art. Projects may include intrinsic and extrinsic approaches to improve stability, methods to understand and characterize degradation, alternative materials or processes to improve performance or reduce costs, or advanced device architecture, including tandems. Teams may be led by academic, national laboratory, or industry researchers, and should include diverse participants from the R&D community to maximize relevance and utilization of results.
  • Topic Area 2: Manufacturing R&D This topic area will fund research projects to address challenges with manufacturing perovskite modules at relevant scale and throughput. Key areas will include process uniformity and repeatability, cell to module conversion losses, and encapsulation approaches. Teams must be led by a for-profit business and should include substantial involvement by established manufacturing and process engineering entities with proven expertise in the area.
  • Topic Area 3: Validation and Bankability Center This topic area seeks to establish a neutral, independent validation center that can be used to verify perovskite device performance and address acceptance and bankability challenges. Independence and neutrality are required to ensure there are no conflicts of interest between this effort and other projects seeking to demonstrate high-performance devices. This center will be responsible for developing and refining test protocols, including accelerated life testing that closely correlates with long-term fielded performance. The center will also be responsible for operating an extensive field testing effort using devices produced by the R&D community to iteratively refine all test protocols and improve community understanding of remaining stability and performance issues. The center will investigate the environmental impact of perovskite technologies and serve as an objective source of information and analysis for the investment and finance communities. Teams must be led by a DOE/National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC)/National Laboratory. 

Projects funded by SETO are expected to produce high-impact outcomes with a view toward commercialization and wide dissemination, including publication of the results in high-visibility, high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. 

All work under EERE funding agreements must be performed in the United States. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191831

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$20,000,000

Number of Grants:

EERE anticipates making approximately 6-10 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Topic Area 1: Device R&D (Efficiency and Stability): EERE may issue approximately 3-6 awards in this topic area. Topic Area 2: Manufacturing R&D: EERE may issue approximately 2-4 awards in this topic area. Topic Area 3: Validation and Bankability: EERE may issue approximately 1 award in this topic area.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual awards may vary between $500,000 and $10 million.

- Topic Area 1: Device R&D (Efficiency and Stability): Individual awards may vary between $500,000 and $1.5 million.
- Topic Area 2: Manufacturing R&D: Individual awards may vary between $1.5 million and $2.5 million.
- Topic Area 3: Validation and Bankability: Individual awards may vary between $8 million and $10 million.

Term of Contract:

EERE anticipates making awards that will run up to 36 months for Topic Areas 1 and 2 and 60 months for Topic Area 3, comprised of one or more budget periods. Project continuation will be contingent upon several elements, including satisfactory performance and Go/No-Go decision review.

EERE may establish more than one budget period for each award and fund only the initial budget period(s).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
i. Individuals: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
ii. Domestic Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated(or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. Nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995 are not eligible to apply for funding.
- State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
- Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.
- Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.
iii. Foreign Entities: Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA. Other than as provided in the “Individuals” or “Domestic Entities” sections above, all prime recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States. If a foreign entity applies for funding as a prime recipient, it must designate in the Full Application a subsidiary or affiliate incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States to be the prime recipient. The Full Application must state the nature of the corporate relationship between the foreign entity and domestic subsidiary or affiliate. Foreign entities may request a waiver of the requirement to designate a subsidiary in the United States as the prime recipient in the Full Application (i.e., a foreign entity may request that it remains the prime recipient on an award). To do so, the applicant must submit an explicit written waiver request in the Full Application.
iv. Incorporated Consortia: Incorporated consortia, which may include domestic and/or foreign entities, are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or sub-recipient. For consortia incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States, please refer to “Domestic Entities” above. For consortia incorporated in foreign countries, please refer to the requirements in “Foreign Entities” above. Each incorporated consortium must have an internal governance structure and a written set of internal rules. Upon request, the consortium must provide a written description of its internal governance structure and its internal rules to the EERE Contracting Officer.
v. Unincorporated Consortia: Unincorporated Consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the prime recipient/consortium representative. The prime recipient/consortium representative must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States. The eligibility of the consortium will be determined by the eligibility of the prime recipient/consortium representative under Section III.A. of the FOA. Upon request, unincorporated consortia must provide the EERE Contracting Officer with a collaboration agreement, commonly referred to as the articles of collaboration, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of each consortium member.

For eligibility restrictions for topic areas 2 and 3, see p. 26 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

For applications specifically not of interest, see p. 23 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

EERE will not consider applications for renewals of existing EERE-funded awards through this FOA.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar to provide information on the FOA to potential applicants will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020, 3:00pm ET. Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any applicant submissions. Please see link below to access this webinar.

Attendee WebEx link: https://doe.webex.com/doe/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9f2916330113997d494bdb4746e4b133

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- FOA Issue Date: 8/13/2020
- Informational Webinar: 8/21/2020 3:00 p.m. ET
- Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 9/23/2020 5:00 p.m. ET
- Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 12/1/2020 5:00 p.m. ET
- Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: 1/15/2021 5:00 p.m. ET
- Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: 2/11/2021
- Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: 3/1/2021 – 5/26/2021

Questions must be submitted not later than three (3) business days prior to the application due date and time.

The application process will include two phases: a Concept Paper phase and a Full Application phase. Only applicants who have submitted an eligible Concept Paper will be eligible to submit a Full Application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Concept Papers and Full Applications at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

Applicants will have approximately 30 days from receipt of the Concept Paper Encourage/Discourage notification on EERE Exchange to prepare and submit a Full Application. Regardless of the date the applicant receives the Encourage/Discourage notification, the submission deadline for the Full Application remains the date and time stated on the FOA cover page.

There are several one-time actions before submitting an application in response to this FOA, and it is vital that applicants address these items as soon as possible. Some may take several weeks, and failure to complete them could interfere with an applicant’s ability to apply to this FOA, or to meet the negotiation deadlines and receive an award if the application is selected. These requirements are as follows:
- Register and create an account on EERE Exchange at https://eereExchange.energy.gov. This step is required to apply to this FOA.
- DUNS Number. Obtain a DUNS number (including the plus 4 extension, if applicable) at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.
- System for Award Management Register with the SAM at https://www.sam.gov. Designating an Electronic Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) and obtaining a special password called a Marketing Partner ID Number (MPIN) are important steps in SAM registration.
- FedConnect: Register in FedConnect at https://www.fedconnect.net. To create an organization account, your organization’s SAM MPIN is required.
- Grants.gov: Register in Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) to receive automatic updates when Amendments to this FOA are posted.
- Electronic Authorization of Applications and Award Documents: Submission of an application and supplemental information under this FOA through electronic systems used by the DOE, including EERE Exchange and FedConnect.net, constitutes the authorized representative’s approval and electronic signature.

An entity may submit more than one Concept Paper and Full Application to this FOA, provided that each application describes a unique, scientifically distinct project and provided that an eligible Concept Paper was submitted for each Full Application.

For Topics 1 and 2, the cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects and 50% of the total allowable costs for demonstration and commercial application projects and must come from nonfederal sources unless otherwise allowed by law. For Topic 3, cost share is not required, although it is encouraged. For more information, see p. 29 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

FAQs: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/FAQ.aspx?FoaId=4f6953d0-ac25-44f6-b99a-ce04f8e119d6

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/SubmissionDetailsEdit.aspx?foaId=4f6953d0-ac25-44f6-b99a-ce04f8e119d6

Questions about this FOA? Email seto.pvsk.foa@ee.doe.gov.

Problems with EERE Exchange? Email EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov

CFDA Number:

81.087

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