Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Research and Development for Advanced Water Resource Recovery Systems

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to conduct research, development, and deployment on technology innovations that enable advanced water resource recovery systems. Topic Area 1 of this FOA seeks to advance the development of transformative technologies beyond early stage research and development (R&D) (TRL 4-6) to become pilot ready. Whereas, Topic Area 2 of this FOA seeks to test currently developed, pilot ready technologies (TRL 6-7) through design, build, and operations in industrially relevant conditions to enable commercialization.

Deadlines:

  • Required Concept Papers: Aug. 4, 2020
  • Full Applications: Oct. 6, 2020

 

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Areas of Interest

Topic Area 1: R&D for Emerging Technologies

This Topic Area will fund R&D (TRL 4-6) on transformative, cost competitive technologies capable of harnessing the energy content of water and wastewater throughout the energy-water nexus, incorporating water reuse, and considering configurations to integrate alternative energy, where appropriate. This Topic Area seeks innovative technologies and approaches that have the most potential to transform existing water and wastewater treatment systems into advanced water resource recovery systems that dramatically reduce net energy requirements at a national scale as described in Section I.A.ii. Applications to this Topic Area will aim to move these technologies beyond early stage R&D (TRL 4-6) to become pilot ready. R&D for Emerging Technologies projects are strongly encouraged to have at least one commercialization partner (such as industry, utilities, municipalities, oil and gas, agriculture, etc.) to conduct R&D at the lab and integrated bench scale and move these technologies beyond early stage R&D to become pilot ready.

Topic Area 2: Piloting of Emerging Technologies

This Topic Area will fund the design, build, and operations of pilot ready technologies (TRL 6-7) that are capable of harnessing the energy content of water and wastewater throughout the energy-water nexus, incorporating water reuse, and considering configurations to integrate alternative energy, where appropriate. The projects in this topic will validate and verify the performance of their advanced water resource recovery systems at pilot scale. This Topic Area seeks innovative technologies and approaches that have the most potential to transform the existing water and wastewater treatment systems into advanced water resource recovery systems that dramatically reduce net energy requirements at a national scale. Applicants to Topic Area 2 are strongly encouraged to have at least one commercialization partner (such as industry, utilities, municipalities, oil and gas, agriculture, etc.) as part of the applicant’s team that will be involved in the design, build, and pilot system operations.

Eligibility Requirements

An entity may submit more than one Full Application to this FOA, provided that each application describes a unique, scientifically distinct project.

Amount

$2,000,000

Amount Description

EERE expects to make a total of approximately $20 million of federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. EERE anticipates making approximately 10 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may be up to $2 million for Topic Area 1 projects and $2 million for Topic Area 2 projects.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

August 4, 2020