Author: US DOE Staff Published: 1/9/2024 EERE
EERE Funding Opportunities
Projects funded through the Accelerator will validate and prototype innovative solutions to establish secure and sustainable critical material supply chains necessary for key clean energy technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued a $10 million funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for a Critical Materials Accelerator. Projects funded under the FOA, led by EERE’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO), will validate and prototype technologies and processes that address critical materials challenges by developing alternatives, diversifying and expanding supply, increasing manufacturing and material efficiency, and establishing a circular economy.
Critical materials are building blocks of the clean energy transition and support decarbonization of the energy, manufacturing, and transportation economies. This FOA solicits proposals that advance innovation to realize the DOE’s critical minerals and materials vision of a reliable, resilient, affordable, diverse, sustainable, and secure domestic supply chains for the clean energy economy.
This FOA supports the recently established Critical Materials Collaborative (CMC) to de-risk innovation and mature technology development in partnership with industry. Each topic area of the FOA addresses priority technologies and supply chain gaps identified by the CMC. The critical materials of interest include the 18 critical materials identified through the 2023 Critical Materials Assessment.
Topic 1 – Use of Magnets with Reduced Critical Materials Content
Topic 2 – Improved Unit Operations of Processing and Manufacturing of Critical Materials
Topic 3 – Critical Material Recovery from Scrap and Post-Consumer Products
Topic 4 – Reduced Critical Material Demand for Clean Energy Technologies
This FOA intends to speed up the adoption of innovation while promoting safe, sustainable, economic, and environmentally just solutions to meet current and future critical materials supply chain needs.
Projects awarded under this FOA will be coordinated through the CMC. Other efforts coordinated under the CMC include the Critical Materials Innovation Hub and the Fossil Energy and Carbon Management’s (FECM) $150 million funding opportunity to advance cost effective and environmentally responsible processes to produce and refine critical minerals and materials in the U.S. DOE is compiling a Teaming Partner List to facilitate the formation of project teams for this FOA. The Teaming Partner List allows organizations that may wish to participate on a project to express their interest to other applicants and explore potential partnerships. The Teaming Partner List is available on EERE eXCHANGE and will be regularly updated to reflect new teaming partners who provide their organization’s information.
View the full funding opportunity. The deadline to submit concept papers is Jan. 5, 2024.
This FOA was announced as part of the inaugural meeting of the White House Council on Supply Chain Resilience.