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Offshore Wind Energy Environmental Research and Instrumentation Validation

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Educational
Institutions, Agencies, and Individuals for Wind Technology Research

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

LOI Date:

03/01/21

Deadline Date:

05/05/21 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofits, for-profits, educational institutions, government entities, consortia, and individuals for research projects related to alternative wind energy technologies. Applicants must submit a concept paper prior to applying. Funding is intended to support regionally focused, coordinated research efforts to increase understanding of the environmental impacts of offshore wind development as well as to advance and validate technical readiness of tools for monitoring and minimizing impacts.

In conjunction with the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), and in coordination with partnering agencies, the Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) is releasing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support regionally focused, coordinated research efforts to increase understanding of the environmental impacts of offshore wind development as well as to advance and validate technical readiness of tools for monitoring and minimizing impacts. 
WETO plans and executes a diversified portfolio of early-stage research and development to advance technologies for offshore, land-based, and distributed wind energy, and its integration with the electric grid. This work aims to drive down the cost of wind energy through competitively selected, cost-shared projects, carried out in collaboration with industry, universities, research institutions, and other stakeholders. As part of its broad research and development (R&D) portfolio, WETO invests in research to inform environmental solutions in order to lower wind energy costs, increase capacity, accelerate reliable and safe energy production, and address environmental impacts.

Topic Areas

  • Topic Area 1: Environmental Research, Validation of Tools and Methods, and Multi-Year Evaluation of Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy Development on Wildlife in U.S. Atlantic Waters
  • Topic Area 2: Environmental Research, Validation of Tools and Methods, and Multi-Year Evaluation of Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy Development on Ecology of Commercially Fished Species
  • Topic Area 3: Environmental Baseline Data Collection and Monitoring Tool Development and Validation for Evaluating Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy Development on Wildlife in U.S. Waters off of the West Coast
    • Topic Area 3 Subtopic 1: Research that fills key gaps in environmental baseline data and validates novel instrumentation for baseline data collection
    • Topic Area 3 Subtopic 2: Environmental impact monitoring technology development and validation

For details about the topic areas, see pages 10-35 of the FOA document below.

For details about allowable costs, see page 65 of the FOA document below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194600

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$14,500,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 6

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $7,500,000
Award Floor: $250,000

Proposals for Topic Area 1 may seek up to $7,500,000 in federal funds under this FOA.

Proposals for Topic Area 2 may seek up to $3,500,000 in federal funds under this FOA.

Topic Area 2 Subtopic 1: Proposals for this Subtopic may seek up to $2,000,000 in federal funds under this FOA.

Topic Area 3 Subtopic 2: Proposals for this Subtopic may seek up to $750,000 in federal funds under this FOA.

Term of Contract:

EERE anticipates making awards that will run from 36 months up to 60 months in length, comprised of one or more budget periods.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants

i. Individuals: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

ii. Domestic Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. Nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995 are not eligible to apply for funding.

State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.

Federal agencies and instrumentalities, other than USFWS, BOEM, and NOAA, are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient. USFWS, BOEM, and NOAA are ineligible to apply for funding as either a prime recipient or subrecipient due to the role these agencies played in developing this solicitation.

iii. Foreign Entities: Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA. Other than as provided in the “Individuals” or “Domestic Entities” sections above, all prime recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States. If a foreign entity applies for funding as a prime recipient, it must designate in the Full Application a subsidiary or affiliate incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States to be the prime recipient. The Full Application must state the nature of the corporate relationship between the foreign entity and domestic subsidiary or affiliate.

iv. Incorporated Consortia: Incorporated consortia, which may include domestic and/or foreign entities, are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. For consortia incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States, please refer to “Domestic Entities” above. For consortia incorporated in foreign countries, please refer to the requirements in “Foreign Entities” above.

v. Unincorporated Consortia: Unincorporated Consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the prime recipient/consortium representative. The prime recipient/consortium representative must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States.

The following types of applications will be deemed nonresponsive and will not be reviewed or considered (See Section III.D. of the FOA):

• Applications that fall outside the technical parameters specified in Section I.A. and I.B. of the FOA.
• Applications for proposed technologies that are not based on sound scientific principles (e.g., violates the laws of thermodynamics).
• As noted above, applications to Topic Area 3, Subtopic 1 focused on commercial fish species are not of interest.

Pre-Application Information:

- FOA Issue Date: 01/15/2021
- Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 03/1/2021 5:00pm ET
- Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 05/05/2021 5:00pm ET
- Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: 06/09/2021 2021 5:00pm ET
- Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: July 2021
- Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: July 2021 - September 2021

Applicants must submit a Concept Paper by 5:00pm ET on the due date listed above to be eligible to submit a Full Application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Concept Papers, Full Applications, and Replies to Reviewer Comments at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

To apply to this FOA, applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange, EERE’s online application portal.

Questions must be submitted not later than 3 business days prior to the application due date and time. All questions and answers related to this FOA will be posted on EERE Exchange at: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov. Please note that you must first select this specific FOA Number in order to view the questions and answers specific to this FOA.

Each applicant (unless the applicant is an individual or federal awarding agency that is excepted from those requirements under 2 CFR §25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the federal awarding agency under 2 CFR §25.110(d)) is required to: (1) Be registered in the SAM at https://www.sam.gov before submitting its application; (2) provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (3) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a federal awarding agency

Topic Areas 1 and 2: The cost share must be at least 30% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects (i.e., the sum of the government share, including FFRDC costs if applicable, and the recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) and must come from non-federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law. (See 2 CFR 200.306 and 2 CFR 910.130 for the applicable cost sharing requirements.)

Topic Area 3: The cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects (i.e., the sum of the government share, including FFRDC costs if applicable, and the recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) and must come from non-federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law. (See 2 CFR 200.306 and 2 CFR 910.130 for the applicable cost sharing requirements.)

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330975

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply on the EERE Exchange portal: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/SubmissionDetailsEdit.aspx?foaId=182e2c98-f862-4377-9cc8-8c065abaf6ec

Specifically, questions regarding the content of this FOA must be submitted to OSWENVFOA@ee.doe.gov.

CFDA Number:

81.087

Funding or Pin Number:

DE-FOA-0002237

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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