(CLOSED) DE‐FOA‐0001960 DOE EERE Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute: Cybersecurity in Energy Efficient Manufacturing

Sponsor Name: 
Description of the Award: 

he Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests in cutting-edge research, development, and demonstration activities focused on sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency. Through EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) public-private R&D consortia, manufacturers, small businesses, universities, national laboratories, and state and local governments are brought together to pursue coordinated early-stage R&D in high-priority areas essential to energy in manufacturing. Federal funding is the catalyst to bring stakeholders into shared spaces and to address process and technological challenges that present a significant degree of scientific or technical uncertainty.

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), EERE in partnership with the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER), seeks to establish a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute dedicated to advancing cybersecurity in energy efficient manufacturing (referred hereafter as the Institute). The Institute will pursue targeted research and development (R&D) that will focus on understanding the evolving cybersecurity threats to greater energy efficiency in manufacturing industries, developing new cybersecurity technologies and methods, and sharing information and knowledge to the broader community of U.S. manufacturers. The Institute will leverage expertise from industry, academia, state and local governments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), non-profits and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs).

Only applicants who have submitted an eligible Concept Paper will be eligible to submit a Full Application.

Cost Sharing
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.)

PLEASE NOTE: Section 108, “Short-Term Cost-Share Pilot Program” of the recently enacted Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act (RIA), Pub. L. 115-246 removes the minimum statutory cost share requirement for Institutions of Higher Education and Non-Profit Organizations for research and development for a two year pilot period. Nevertheless, RIA does not automatically change the cost share requirements as set forth in 2 CFR 910.130 of DOE’s financial assistance regulation without first amending the regulation. Therefore, until the regulation is updated and aligned with RIA or a cost share waiver is issued, DOE programs and Contracting Officers must adhere to the cost share requirements as set forth in 2 CFR 910.130 and the FOA.

Informational Webinar: The Informational Webinar mentioned in the FOA will be held on April 16, 2019 at 1pm Eastern Standard Time. Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions. Standard application questions regarding the EERE Office and FOA procedures will be discussed. No new information will be presented during the webinar and EERE will not answer any attendee questions during the webinar.

After the webinar is complete, a link will be provided to access the audio recording of the webinar. Also, a copy of the Webinar Slides and Webinar Transcript will be available to download in the “DOCUMENTS” section, https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaIddfdeec54-a32a-4113-bd78-04aa84185034

Please click here to register for the webinar.

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Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Aug 20, 2019
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Please upload one PDF file (File name: Last name_DOE_19602019.pdf) containing the following items in order no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

  • Cover Page must include:

    • Project Title
    • Topic Area
    • The technical and business points of contact, names of all team member organizations
  • 3 page summary to include:

    • Technical Description, Innovation and Impact
    • Qualifications and Resources Description
    • Operations and Management Approach Description
  • Formatting Guidelines and Page Limit:

    • Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
    • Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
    • Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)
To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Monday, April 8, 2019 - 4:00pm
Liu, Peng (IST) 5/8/19