Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Fiscal Year 2022 Research, Development, and Demonstration Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to invest in innovative research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) that accelerates the large-scale development and deployment of solar technology to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and decarbonized energy sector by 2050. Achieving this goal will support the nationwide effort to meet the threat of climate change and ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy.

SETO supports solar energy research, development, demonstration, and technical assistance in five areas—photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), systems integration, manufacturing and competitiveness, and soft costs—to improve the affordability, reliability, and domestic benefit of solar technologies on the electric grid. In May 2021, SETO released its Multi-Year Program Plan1 , which describes the activities and specific goals for 2025. In September 2021, DOE released the Solar Futures Study,2 which examined solar’s role in achieving the decarbonization of the grid by 2035 and 2050. Both of these documents guide SETO’s strategic efforts.

Building a clean and equitable energy economy and addressing the climate crisis is a top priority of the Biden Administration. This FOA will advance the Biden Administration’s goals to achieve carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035 and to “deliver an equitable, clean energy future, and put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economywide, by no later than 2050”3 to the benefit of all Americans. The RD&D activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection.


  • Required Concept Papers: March 16, 2022
  • Full Applications: May 16, 2022

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • Topic Area 1: Concentrating Solar Thermal for Industrial Decarbonization
  • Topic Area 2: Concentrating Solar-thermal Particle Technologies for Generation 3 CSP and Beyond (Gen3++)

Eligibility Requirements

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.

Amount Description

EERE expects to make a total of approximately $25,000,000 of federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. EERE anticipates making approximately 8 to 15 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may vary between $750,000 and $6,000,000.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 16, 2022