Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 9/29/2023

Innovative DEsigns for high-performAnce Low-cost HVDC Converters (IDEAL HVDC)

The U.S Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) and Office of Electricity (OE), this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The research and development (R&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. Specifically, this FOA will invest in R&D to support continued innovation and cost reduction for high-voltage direct current (HVDC) voltage-source converter (VSC) transmission systems. This investment is intended to enable future grid upgrades required to integrate increasing renewable energy generation on to the grid, both onshore and offshore.

An entity may submit only one Concept Paper and one Full Application to this FOA. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.


  • Required Concept Papers: Nov. 14, 2023
  • Full Applications: Feb. 5, 2024
Areas of Interest

Topic Area 1: Innovative Designs for HVDC VSC Technology

Eligibility Requirements

The proposed prime recipient and subrecipient(s) must be domestic entities. The following types of domestic entities are eligible to participate as a prime recipient or subrecipient of this FOA: 1.Institutions of higher education; 2.For-profit entities; 3.Nonprofit entities; and 4.State and local governmental entities, and Indian tribes.

Amount Description

EERE expects to make a total of approximately $10M of federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. EERE anticipates making approximately 3-4 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may vary between $2.5M and $3.3M.

Funding Type