Show Me the Money: Allocations of $42.5 Million to Solid-State Lighting
Jul 1, 2009 - Stoel Rives, LLP
On June 29, 2009, the Department of Energy ("DOE") issued three Funding Opportunity Announcements ("FOAs") to deploy over $41.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to be used to fund solid-state lighting1 ("SSL") product development, manufacturing, and innovation. These funds are being deployed through three FOAs. The first FOA provides $11.5 million to support research in the SSL Product Development Program. The second FOA provides $22 million to support applied research in the SSL U.S. Manufacturing Program. The third FOA provides approximately $8 million to support applied research in the Lighting Research and Development Program.
For all three FOAs, eligible applicants include all domestic entities except federal agencies, federally funded Research and Development Center Contractors, and nonprofit lobbying organizations.
Through this FOA, DOE is soliciting applications for awards for its SSL Program, which is part of DOE's Building Technology ("BT") Program. According to its mission statement, the BT Program, including the SSL Program, is designed to "increase end-use efficiency in buildings by aggressively researching new and evolving lighting technologies, in close collaboration with partners, to develop viable methodologies that have the technical potential to conserve 50% of electrical lighting consumption by 2025."
The FOA identifies several areas of interest focused on research, development, and design of light fixtures, and applicants must specify the area of interest to which they are applying, which include:
Number and Size of Awards: Up to $11.5 million total consisting of three to seven awards ranging from $400,000 and $900,000 each depending on the area of interest
Cost Sharing: 20% of the total allowable cost of the project from non-federal sources (subject to limited exceptions)
Application Deadline: August 17, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time; no letter of intent or pre-application is required
Through FOAs #2 and #3, DOE is soliciting applications for awards for its SSL U.S. Manufacturing Program, which is part of DOE's Building Technologies Program. Again, the focus is on research and development with the goal of increasing manufacturing efficiency through improved equipment, processes, or techniques, and to maintain the manufacturing and technology base within the United States.There are several areas of interest. Unlike other multi-area FOAs, however, a single application may target multiple areas if the processes could not be submitted and evaluated independently:
Cost Sharing: 50% of the total allowable cost of the project from non-federal sources with limited exceptions
Application Deadline: August 24, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time; no letter of intent or pre-application is required
This FOA is designed to advance research and development into the technical challenges that impede penetration of viable SSL into the mainstream lighting market. Several areas of interest are focused on improved light distribution, color, and materials, and, as for FOA #2, a single application may target multiple areas if the processes could not be submitted and evaluated independently. The following list includes some but not all of the areas of interest identified by DOE:
Cost Sharing: 20% of the total allowable cost of the project subject to limited exceptions
Application Deadline: August 10, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time; no letter of intent or pre-application is required
If you have questions about any of these funding opportunity announcements or other renewable energy issues, or if you would like to discuss the possibility of your project applying for these or other government funds, please contact:
1 Solid-state lighting is comparable incandescent lighting; however, SSL creates visible light with reduced heat generation and energy dissipation.2 The method of depositing a monocrystalline film on a monocrystalline substrate.