Fiscal Year 2017 Vehicle Technologies Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy


The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Vehicle Technologies Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement.”

The U.S. transportation sector accounts for two-thirds of U.S. petroleum use and on-road vehicles consume nearly 85 percent of the petroleum used for transportation. U.S. dependence on oil for transportation affects the national economy and its potential for future growth–the U.S. sends more than ten billion dollars per month overseas for oil (this amount has been well over one billion dollars per day in recent years). The average U.S. household spends nearly one-fifth of its total family expenditures on transportation, making it the second-most expensive spending category after housing. Oil price volatility also affects the national economy and household budgets. Over the past ten years, U.S. regular conventional retail gasoline prices have fluctuated from around $1.50 to over $4 per gallon, causing fluctuations in annual household budgets by as much as $1,200 per year for the average personal vehicle. Public investment in advanced, energy efficient transportation technologies and systems will address these issues and improve our Nation’s energy security, support energy independence, reduce transportation emissions, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness. 

This FOA supports the EERE 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and Implementation Framework Goal 1 to accelerate the development and adoption of sustainable transportation technologies, and aligns the EERE Sustainable Transportation objective to support pioneering and catalytic deployments of market-ready vehicles and alternative fuels. This FOA contains a total of two (2) Areas of Interest (AOIs) – one seeking highly-leveraged, community-based alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) deployment projects, and another for “living lab” deployments of energy efficient “smart” mobility systems. 


  • Required Concept Papers: Feb. 3, 2017
  • Full Applications: Mar. 24, 2017

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • Area of Interest (AOI 1): Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects
  • Area of Interest (AOI 2): “Living Labs” - Energy Efficient Mobility Systems Projects 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants may submit more than one Concept Paper and Full Application to this FOA, provided that each application describes a unique project. All applications must be for a stand-alone project that is not dependent or contingent upon another application submitted to this or any other FOA.



Amount Description

EERE anticipates making awards that range from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000. 

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

February 3, 2017