Applicants must select one of three technical research categories:
A. Concept Development ($150k–$10M/project, not including cost share): each project in this category will develop a specific, lower-cost fusion concept as measured against the performance-based milestones in Table 1 of Section I.E of the FOA.
B. Component Technology Development (up to $4M/project, not including cost share): projects will conduct component-technology development, up to prototype demonstration of the component technology, that can significantly reduce the capital cost of a specific, more-mature, higher-cost fusion concept, such as but not limited to the tokamak, stellarator, reversed-field pinch (RFP), or inertial confinement fusion (ICF).
C. Capability Teams (up to $2.5M/project, not including cost share): projects will improve/adapt and apply an existing capability to support multiple teams in Category A to lower the overall costs of the program.
This FOA is open to U.S. universities, national laboratories, industry, and individuals.
ARPA-E is not limiting the number of submissions from Applicants. Applicants may submit more than one application to this FOA, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.
Individual awards may vary between $150,000 and $10 million, not including cost share.