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Funding Opportunities

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area
Friday, July 22, 2016-- This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. It supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce the use of energy, nitrogen fertilizer, and water by ten percent and increase carbon sequestration by fifteen percent through resilient agriculture and forest production systems. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants. -- (full text)

Support to the National Tribal Water Council
Friday, July 22, 2016-- Applications from eligible entities are currently being accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys Office of Water (OW) to conduct, coordinate, and promote the acceleration of research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will support the participation of the National Tribal Water Council (NTWC or Council) and tribes to prevent, reduce, and eliminate pollution to waters, and protect drinking water in Indian country. The successful applicant will support the NTWC, comprised of representatives of federally-recognized tribes with technical expertise on water quality and drinking water programs, to increase national tribal awareness and expertise, and address tribal issues consistent with the Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The successful applicant will maintain, support, and facilitate the operations of the NTWC, and assist in developing and completing products in coordination with the NTWC on the quality of tribal water resources, watersheds, drinking water, and wastewater sanitation from tribal perspectives. -- (full text)

Environmental Finance Center Grant Program for EPA Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming)
Thursday, July 14, 2016-- Applications from eligible entities are currently being accepted for an established regional Environmental Finance Center (EFC) serving EPA Region 8 states (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming) that will provide multi-media environmental finance expertise and outreach to regulated communities (e.g., states, tribes, local governments, and private sector entities) to help them meet environmental requirements. The objective is to help the regulated parties in these communities find effective and innovative ways to help address the growing costs of protecting public health and the environment in a sustainable and equitable manner. Under this program, the EFC will be established to provide regulated parties in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming with finance-related training, technical assistance, finance studies, and other analytical support (eligible services) to help them develop sustainable solutions to the critical "how-to-pay" issues associated with meeting environmental standards and goals. This EFC will educate regulated parties on lowering costs, increasing investments, improving financial capacity, encouraging full cost pricing, and identifying and evaluating financing options. -- (full text)

BLM Utah Air Quality Modeling and Monitoiring Support for Rural Areas
Friday, July 08, 2016-- There is currently a dearth of air monitoring data and analytical tools available to characterize ambient air quality in rural areas of Utah, and specifically on federally managed public lands. In addition, there is a need to develop modeling tools and data to conduct analysis of air quality issues in these areas. Projects enabled by this assistance agreement will help BLM and other agencies to determine whether adverse impacts to public health and/or other air quality related values are occurring due to BLM authorized activities, and to take appropriate action when issues are discovered. This will help insure that management decisions related to air quality do not have unintended consequences to the general public, public lands, and the resources on those lands. Without the types of data this project is intended to provide the BLM cannot make reasoned decisions on these issues. -- (full text)

Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing Embodied-energy of Materials and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Manufacturing
Monday, June 20, 2016-- The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests in cutting-edge research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities focused on sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency. In 2013, EERE launched its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) with the goal of significantly increasing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and in domestic manufacturing across the board by increasing industrial energy productivity. EEREs Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) plays a key role in executing the mission for CEMI by supporting research and development projects, shared research facilities and technical consortia, and technical assistance programs. AMO establishes Manufacturing Innovation Institutes in the Administrations National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) as shared research, development, and demonstration facilities to overcome cross-cutting challenges related to the manufacturing of clean energy and energy efficiency products, in addition to challenges associated with improving the energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector across the board. This FOA supports the establishment of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing. This Institute will enable the development and widespread deployment of key industrial platform technologies that will dramatically reduce life-cycle energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing through the development of technologies for reuse, recycling, and remanufacturing of materials. Solving this enormous and currently unmet challenge could significantly reduce U.S. primary energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in the manufacturing sector, which represents a particularly challenging sector to decarbonize, and improve U.S. manufacturing competiveness in the process. -- (full text)
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ENabling Extreme Real-time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE)
Monday, May 02, 2016-- As part of the Department of Energys Grid Modernization and SunShot Initiatives, this Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integrations of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports the research and development of highly scalable distribution system planning and real-time operation solutions that enables seamless interconnection and integration of high penetration solar generation onto the electricity grid in a cost-effective, secure, and reliable manner. The envisioned ENERGISE solutions will require the extensive use of sensor, communication, and data analytics technologies to gather up-to-the-minute measurement and forecast data from diverse sources and perform continuous optimization analysis and active control for existing and new PV installations in real time. The solutions need be compatible with the existing grid architecture in the near term and with the advanced grid architecture in the long term. The solutions should also be designed with consideration of the interoperability and cybersecurity requirements. -- (full text)

Sunshot Technology to Market 2 "Incubator 11, Solarmat 4"
Tuesday, November 03, 2015-- The SunShot Technology to Market Incubator 11, SolarMat 4 funding opportunity will support the development of tools, technologies, and services that will significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems across all technology areas (photovoltaics, power electronics, and non-hardware costs such as customer acquisition, permitting, financing, interconnection, and inspection). As part of this effort, this funding opportunity represents the coordinated release of all of the SunShot Tech-to-Market marquee annual funding programs designed to help for-profit businesses. This funding opportunity will be used to foster and accelerate the development of innovative and impactful technologies and businesses working to reduce the levelized cost of electricity for solar. It targets for-profit entities, as they are the most efficient means of directly impacting the solar energy market and the most critical components of the cost of solar energy. By leveraging Americas entrepreneurs and businesses, the Energy Department will ensure new products and business models have the best chance at having a positive impact on reducing the cost of energy from solar. Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: November 18, 2015, 3:00pm ET Full Application Informational Webinar: January 6, 2016, 3:00pm ET Submission Deadline for Full Applications: February 3, 2016, 3:00pm ET Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: March 14, 2016, 3:00pm ET Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: May 2016 Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: May - August 2016 -- (full text)