Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS) --Deadline Extended

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. IDEAS awards are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with information useful for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. IDEAS awards may also support proof-of-concept research to develop a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program. Applications must propose concepts that are not covered by open ARPA-E focused FOAs and that also do not represent incremental improvements over existing technology.

IDEAS awards are defined as single-phase efforts of durations 12 months or less with a total project cost of $500,000 or less and will be issued through Grants.

This FOA is a continuation of the IDEAS Program initially announced in September 2013 and continued for a second year in September 2014. ARPA-E continues to view the IDEAS program as a success and therefore plans to extend this FOA on an annual basis, based on the availability of funds.

Applicants will submit brief Concept Papers (4 page maximum) and selected Concept Paper Applicants will then be invited to submit Full Applications. Applicants may submit Concept Papers at any time during the open period of this FOA. 

Closing Date: Sep. 30, 2017 (was Sep. 30, 2016)

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Amount Description

ARPA-E expects to make $10 million available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, ARPA-E anticipates modifying the close date for this FOA on an annual basis. ARPA-E will provide up to $500,000 per award. The period of performance for awards may not exceed 12 months. 

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

September 30, 2017