Marine Energy University Foundational R&D

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

The 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 Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) and the Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO).

This FOA supports foundational research at domestic institutions of higher education, including Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), to address challenges faced by marine energy industries and spur innovation and development. Universities offer an array of exceptional capabilities and resources that create a rich ecosystem for high-level research combining intellectual capital, advanced infrastructure, a commitment to knowledge creation and dissemination, and a training ground for the next generation of scientists and scholars.

This FOA will provide funding for foundational R&D activities to advance marine energy and offshore wind technologies, enabling broader utilization of ocean renewable energy sources through the following topic areas:

  1. Publicly Available Marine Energy Data Analysis & Test Platform(s) to Produce Publicly Available Data
  2. Sustainable & Scalable Offshore Wind, Marine Energy, and Aquaculture
  3. Undergraduate Senior Design and/or Research Project
  4. Open Topic Area


  • Required Concept Papers: Feb. 20, 2024
  • Full Applications: April 22, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Proposed prime recipients are restricted to domestic institutions of higher education, including minority serving institutions.

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.

Amount Description

EERE expects to make a total of approximately $14,500,000 of federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. EERE anticipates making up to 33 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may vary between $200,000 and $1,000,000.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

February 20, 2024