(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002236 Offshore Wind Energy Atmospheric Science and Project Development NOI

Sponsor Name: 
DOE - Department of Energy
Description of the Award: 

Penn State may only submit one Concept Paper and one Full Application to Topic Area 2. This limitation does not prohibit an applicant from collaborating on other applications (e.g., as a potential subrecipient or partner. There is no institutional limit on proposals to Topic Area 1.


The Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) is within the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). EERE advances America’s leadership in science and technology through early-stage research and development in sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency.

WETO enables growth and U.S. competitiveness in the domestic wind industry by supporting early-stage research on technologies that enhance energy affordability, reliability, and resilience and strengthen U.S. energy security, economic growth, and environmental quality. More information is available at https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office.

WETO works with DOE National Laboratories, industry, universities, and other federal agencies to conduct research and development activities through competitively selected, directly funded, and cost-shared projects. WETO’s efforts target land-based utility-scale, offshore, and distributed wind power to fully support a national clean energy economy.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO), Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002236 entitled “Offshore Wind Atmospheric Science and Project Development.” The activities supported by this FOA are authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) Public Law 109-58 (Aug. 5, 2005), Title IX Research and Development, Section 931(a)(2)(B). This provision is found in the United States Code at 42 U.S.C. § 16231(a)(2)(B). Title IX, Section 931 authorizes the Secretary of Energy to conduct a program of research, development, demonstration and commercial application for wind energy; including low speed wind energy, offshore wind energy, testing and verification, and distributed wind energy generation. Among the authorized activities identified in Section 931 are economic and technical analysis of renewable energy potential, including resource assessments.

1. Technology Space and Strategic Goals

This FOA has Two Topic Areas

Topic Area 1: Offshore Wind Resource Measurement and Modeling Science (No limit on submissions): The overall goal of this Topic Area is to provide funding for a project that will improve wind resource modeling and predictions in offshore wind energy development areas. Using lessons-learned and information gained during the previous program work in complex-terrain wind resource modeling and prediction, this Topic Area will focus on improving wind resource model physics for foundational wind forecasts and other applications in offshore wind energy development areas.

Topic Area 2: Project Development for Offshore Wind Technology (Limited to 1 Concept Paper and Full application per institution): The overall goal of this Topic Area is to provide funding for a project(s) that will enable demonstration of a novel technology or methodology that will advance the state-of-the-art of offshore wind energy in the United States. The proposed project must either implement an innovative technology at engineering/pilot or full-scale, or employ a novel methodology that has yet to be utilized commercially in the United States for offshore wind.

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor LOI Deadline: 
Apr 30, 2020
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Jul 09, 2020
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Submit your notification At the InfoReady competition page link below to provide your contact information no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline. If interest exceeds the institutional limit for Topic area two the OSVPR will hold an internal downselect.

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 13, 2020 - 4:00pm
Michael Yukish (ARL)