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Installation Noise Reduction and Reliable Moorings for Offshore Wind and Marine Energy
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) on behalf of the Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO), the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), as well as the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). The goals of this FOA are to:
- Improve the reliability of moorings for floating offshore wind energy and marine energy converters; and
- Reduce noise associated with installing fixed-bottom offshore wind energy foundations.
The research, development and demonstration (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. Specifically, this FOA will further reduce risk and improve environmental compatibility of U.S. offshore wind energy and marine energy deployments. It will do this through research into the integrity and monitoring of mooring lines for floating offshore wind energy systems and marine energy converters, as well as reducing noise generation and propagation during the installation of fixed-bottom offshore wind foundations.
- Required Concept Papers: Nov. 9, 2023
- Full Applications: Feb. 29, 2024
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.
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 an eligible Concept Paper was submitted for each Full Application.
EERE expects to make a total of approximately $16.4M of federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. EERE anticipates making approximately 9-16 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may vary between $300,000 and $5,000,000.