OSP FO# 11-161

AGENCY: Department of Energy (DOE)/Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)/Golden Field Office (GFO)

PROGRAM: Innovative Manufacturing Initiative

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for cost-shared research and development of transformational manufacturing processes and materials technologies to advance the clean-energy economy by increasing industrial and manufacturing energy efficiency, significantly reducing energy and carbon intensity throughout the economy over the coming decades, revitalizing existing manufacturing industries and supporting the development of new products in emerging industries. The program seeks applications for research and development of transformational technologies that offer solutions to core technical problems facing an industry or group of industries, that, if solved hold the potential to produce large improvements in energy productivity, environmental performance, product yield, and economic benefits. Transformational technologies are broadly defined as manufacturing processes, technologies, and materials that offer a dramatic departure from current practice and demonstrate the potential for substantial cost, time, energy and environmental benefits over the incumbent technology. The emphasis is on new processes and materials that are revolutionary and can be commercialized within the next five to seven years.

Technical topics and subtopics of interest are listed below:

  • Topic Area 1: Innovative Manufacturing Processes:
    • Reactions and Separations
    • High-Temperature Processing
    • Waste Heat Minimization and Recovery
    • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Topic Area 2: Innovative Materials
    • Thermal and Degradation Resistant Materials
    • Highly-Functional, High-Performance Materials
    • Lower Cost Materials for Energy Systems

Each Application should clearly indicate in the Letter of Intent, on the cover page of the Project Narrative, and in the Project Summary, the Topic/Subtopic area it is addressing.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

BU Internal Deadline: August 1, 2011
Letter of Intent (required): August 1, 2011
Application Deadline: August 25, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The Department expects to provide approximately $120 million to fund 35-50 awards. Approximately $25 million is expected to be available to start the projects in FY 2012, with additional funding expected to be available later in FY 2012, FY 2013 and FY 2014.

This program requires 20% or higher cost sharing for all projects based on their nature of work (research and development). Cost sharing is based on the total allowable costs for the project. (i.e., the sum of the Government share, including FFRDC contractor costs if applicable, and the recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) and must come from non-Federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law.

AGENCY CONTACT: Questions related to the Funding Opportunity Announcement must be submitted to IMIFOA@go.doe.gov, and shall be submitted not later than 3 calendar days prior to the final application due date. Questions submitted after that date may not allow the Government sufficient time to respond.

Golden Field Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Golden Field Office
1617 Cole Blvd
Golden, CO 80401-3393
Web: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: An internal deadline has been established to coordinate institutional cost-sharing commitments for this program. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should forward a memorandum to their Associate Dean by Monday, August 1, 2011. In the memorandum, (1) briefly describe the proposed project, (2) list key participating faculty, (3) itemize all cost-sharing commitments being requested from the University, within the context of a fully developed project budget, and (4) cite any program features which should make it particularly competitive for DOE funding. The memorandum should be countersigned by the relevant department chair/center director to indicate endorsement of the project. After the Dean’s assessment, if a commitment of Provost funds is required, the memorandum will be forwarded to OSP-CRC Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Provost’s Office for authorization. PIs will then be advised of authorized institutional cost-sharing commitments in time to complete the project budget and process their proposal for final review. PIs are encouraged to consult with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for assistance with the preparation of the project budget.

REMARKS: Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to the application submission. Letters of Intent will be used by DOE to plan for the merit review process. The Letters do not commit an applicant to submit an application. However, applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by the due date to be eligible to submit a Full Application.

The Letter of Intent should include the following information:

1.  Applicant Name (Lead Organization)
2.  Anticipated team members (organizations)
3.  Point of Contact (Name, Phone Number and email address)
4.  Number and name of subtopic of interest (from the list in FOA) the Application will be responding to
5.  TRL level of the proposed project (see full project description)
6.  Title of the proposed project
7.  Brief description of the project (one short paragraph)
8.  Estimated total DOE funding request

The Department of Energy requires the submission of applications through the EERE eXCHANGE website at http://eere.energy.gov/financing/exchange. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the EERE eXCHANGE website.

PIs are encouraged to consult with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for assistance with the preparation of the project budget. Complete program guidelines and application material (CFDA # 81.086) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.