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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Tribes, and IHEs to Increase Capacity to Provide EV Charging Networks

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Joint Office of Energy and Transportation Ride and Drive Electric


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Joint Office of Energy and Transportation
CFDA Number: 81.086
Funding or PIN Number: DE-FOA-0002881
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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

Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/16/23
Deadline: 07/28/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit and for-profit entities, local and state government agencies, Tribes, IHEs, and consortia to increase capacity to develop and maintain electric vehicle charging networks. Applicants must submit a concept paper and complete required registrations prior to applying.

The Ride and Drive Electric FOA will seek to advance the mission and vision of the Joint Office by addressing discrete challenges to a convenient, affordable, reliable, secure, and equitable EV charging network by enhancing institutional capacity, encouraging holistic approaches, fostering inclusive and equitable outcomes, and ensuring a world-class customer experience. 

Overview: Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Joint Office will provide funding for:

  1. Electric vehicle (EV) charging resiliency planning for continuity of operations and services for all EV users;
  2. Equitable business model development and deployment for EV charging;
  3. Workforce development to support EV charging;
  4. Increased industrial capacity, competition, and redundancy for validation testing and certification in the United States of Alternating Current (AC) Level 2 and/or Direct Current (DC) fast chargers;
  5. Assessing performance and reliability of DC fast charging stations.

Key Benefits:

  • Development of specific and actionable plans and strategies that ensure continuity of operations and services of EV charging infrastructure for all EV users in a given region;
  • Help communities identify, develop, and test business models, such as for shared mobility or fleet-based services, that complement or integrate operation of EV charging infrastructure;
  • Help develop a high-quality workforce within the electrified transportation industry to support the deployment and maintenance of equipment related to EV charging (i.e., electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE);
  • Increase industrial capacity, competition, and redundancy for validation testing and certification in the United States of DC fast chargers with rated power capacity between 150 kW and 1 MW;
  • Assess the performance and reliability of DC fast charging (DCFC) stations across the United States; and
  • Create opportunities for underserved communities and groups, measured through metrics such as new jobs and training resources, partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions and Indian tribes, engagement with labor organizations, community engagement activities, and other relevant indicators from the Community Benefits Plan (see Section IV.D.xvii of the FOA).

Topics: The following five topics are included in this funding opportunity. See Section I.B. of the FOA for more details on the Topics.

  • Topic 1: Enhancing EV Charging Resiliency
  • Topic 2A: Community-Driven Models for Electric Vehicle Charging Deployment
  • Topic 2B: Workforce Development
  • Topic 3A: Increasing Commercial Capacity for Testing and Certification of High-Power Electric Vehicle Chargers
  • Topic 3B: Validating Public EV Charging Infrastructure Real-World Performance and Reliability


  • Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity below), subject to any clarification in the text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: The following types of entities are eligible to participate as prime recipients
or subrecipients:

1. Institutions of higher education;
2. For-profit entities;
3. Nonprofit entities;
4. State and local governmental entities,
5. Indian tribes;
6. Incorporated Consortia; and
7. Unincorporated Consortia.

DOE/NNSA and non-DOE Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, with certain restrictions as specified in Section III.A.i. of the FOA. All FFRDCs are excluded from applying as a prime recipient.

For additional details about eligiblity, see pages 29-30 of the FOA document.

Pre-Application Information
- Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 6/16/2023, 5:00pm ET
- Expected Release Date of Concept Paper Recommendations: 6/28/2023
- Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 7/28/2023, 5:00pm ET
- Expected Timeframe for DOE Selection Notifications: September 2023
- Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: October 2023 – January 2024

The application process includes two submission phases: Concept Paper, and Full Application. Only applicants who have submitted an eligible Concept Paper will be eligible to submit a Full Application.

Questions related to the content of the Funding Opportunity Announcement must be submitted no later than five (5) business days prior to the application due date and time.

Registration Requirements: There are several one-time actions you must complete in order to submit an application in response to this Announcement (e.g., obtain a Universal Entity Identifier (UEI) number, register with EERE, register with the System for Award Management (SAM), register with, and, if selected for award, be registered in FedConnect). Applicants who are not registered with SAM and, should allow at least 44 days to complete these requirements. It is suggested that the process be started as soon as possible.

Cost Sharing: Applicants are bound by the cost share proposed in their Full Applications if selected for award negotiations. Cost share varies by topic.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
DOE anticipates making approximately 24-40 awards under this FOA. For Anticipated Number of Awards per topic area, see page 10 of the FOA document.

Estimated Size of Grant
Individual awards may vary between $250,000 and $4,000,000.
- Topic 1: $1M - 1.5M
- Topic 2A: $250K - 1.5M
- Topic 2B: $1M - 1.5M
- Topic 3A: $2M - 3M
- Topic 3B: $2M - 4M

Term of Contract
DOE anticipates making awards that will run 24 months maximum duration, except for Topic 3B awards that will run 30 months maximum duration, comprised of one or more budget periods.

Contact Information
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