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Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy

ARPA-E
Number: 81.135
Agency: Department of Energy

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
81.135 Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy
Federal Agency (030):
Department of Energy
Authorization (040):
This agency was chartered and authorized in 2007 in the America COMPETES Act (Public Law 110-69), and re-authorized in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-358).
Objectives (050):
To support the President’s National Objectives for the Department of Energy, and the Objectives contained in the authorizing legislation.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
ARPA-E will fund research and development of transformational energy related technologies. As described in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
As described in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
General public.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Compliance with Federal, State and local environmental statutes and regulations, as required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Pre-application required in the form of a Concept Paper (unless directed differently in the Funding Opportunity Announcement). This program is not eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, “Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applications for ARPA-E must be submitted through ARPA-E eXCHANGE to be considered for award. Information on how to submit application via ARPA-E eXCHANGE can be found at: http://arpa-e.energy.gov/. It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify successful transmission.
Award Procedure (093):
All eligible applications will be considered through the Department’s Merit Review Process.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Deadlines are identified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Appeals (096):
As required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: The Cost Share Requirements are as follows:
- For a domestic educational institution or domestic nonprofit applying as a Standalone Applicant, the cost share is Greater than or Equal to 5% of the Total Project Cost
- For Project Teams composed exclusively of domestic educational institutions, domestic nonprofits, and/or FFRDCs, the cost share is 5% of the Total Project Cost
- For Project Teams where domestic educational institutions, domestic nonprofits, and/or FFRDCs perform 80%, but less than 100%, of the work under the funding agreement, as measured by the Total Project Cost, the cost share is 10% of the Total Project Cost
- For Technology Investment Agreements and “other transactions” agreements, the cost share is 50% of the Total Project Cost
- For All other projects, the cost share is 20% of the Total Project Cost

There is a requirement for cost sharing of at least 20%, a higher percentage may be required for individual Funding Opportunity Announcements. Educational institutions that are sole grantees, and teams/consortia consisting exclusively of educational institutions that receive funding may be eligible for a reduced cost share of not less than 10% of the total allowable project costs.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
As required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Most often under a Cooperative Agreement as reimburseable.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
In accordance with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, DOE procurement procedures and the Recovery Act of 2009. Quarterly progress reports will be required along with a final report. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Quarterly financial reports will be required along with a final report (and as described in the Funding Opportunity Announcement). Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Audit requirements laid out in the OMB Circulars apply to the ARPA-E Program. Circulars are available at the White House website.
Records (113):
In accordance with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, DOE procurement procedures and the Recovery Act of 2009.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 12 $217,000,000; FY 13 est $237,500,000; and FY 14 est $344,890,000 - Energy Transformation Acceleration Fund.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
$250,000 to $10,000,000 (average range is $2 million).
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: Fund approximately 120-160 transformational energy technology research and development projects. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
As described under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, America COMPETES Act of 2007, the America ReCOMPETES Act of 2010, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Antony DiGiovanni Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20585 Phone: (202) 287-1030
Website Address (153):
http://www.arpa-e.energy.gov/
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
As described in the Funding Opportunity Annoucement.