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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, Tribes,
and Individuals for Electric and Reduced-Emission Vehicle Projects

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

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07/12/21 5:00 PM ET


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories individuals, nonprofit and for-profit entities, agencies, and tribal governments for projects related to electric and reduced-emission vehicles. Applicants must submit a pre-application and complete required registrations prior to applying. The FOA seeks projects across the following areas: electric vehicle community partner demonstration projects; electric vehicle workplace charging projects; RDD&D of technologies to reduce the cost of EV chargers, advanced engines and fuels that reduce emissions, including natural gas, propane, and dimethyl ether; and, innovative solutions for medium/heavy duty on- and off-road vehicles including electrification and high-power charging.

Building a clean energy economy and addressing the climate crisis is a top priority of the Biden Administration. This FOA will advance the Biden Administration’s goals to to achieve carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035 and “deliver an equitable, clean energy future, and put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050“ to the benefit of all Americans. The Department of Energy is committed to pushing the frontiers of science and engineering, catalyzing clean energy jobs through research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D), and ensuring environmental justice and inclusion of disadvantaged communities.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks research projects to address priorities in the following areas: vehicle electrification; technology integration including EV community partner projects and workplace charging; energy-efficient commercial off-road vehicle technologies; and advanced engine and fuel technologies to improve fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions.

For more information on topic areas, see p. 12 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 195619

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 17 to 35 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual awards may vary between $500,000 and $6,666,667. For awards minimums and maximums according to topic area, see p. 39 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

Term of Contract:

EERE anticipates making awards that will run from 24 months up to 48 months in length, comprised of one or more budget periods. Project continuation will be contingent upon several elements, including satisfactory performance and Go/No-Go decision review.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
1. Individuals. U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
2. Domestic Entities. For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. Nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995 are not eligible to apply for funding.
- DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient. FFRDC participation as a subrecipient is limited to an aggregate total of ≤25% of total project costs.
- Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a sub-recipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.
- Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a prime recipient.
3. Foreign Entities. Other than as provided in the “Individuals” or “Domestic Entities” sections above, all prime recipients receiving funding under this FOA must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States. If a foreign entity applies for funding as a prime recipient, it must designate in the Full Application a subsidiary or affiliate incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a State or territory of the United States to be the prime recipient. A foreign entity may receive funding as a subrecipient.
4. Incorporated consortia, which may include domestic and/or foreign entities, are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient. For consortia incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States, please refer to “Domestic Entities” above. For consortia incorporated in foreign countries, please refer to the requirements in “Foreign Entities” above.
5. Unincorporated Consortia. Unincorporated Consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the prime recipient/consortium representative. The prime recipient/consortium representative must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a state or territory of the United States. The eligibility of the consortium will be determined by the eligibility of the prime recipient/consortium representative.

For other eligibility requirements, see p. 42 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

This FOA seeks to encourage the participation of underserved communities and underrepresented groups. Applicants are highly encouraged to include individuals from groups historically underrepresented in STEM on their project teams. Minority Serving Institutions, Minority Business Enterprises, Minority-Owned Businesses, Woman-Owned Businesses, Veteran Owned Businesses, or entities located in a underserved community that meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply as the prime applicant or participate on an application as a proposed partner to the prime applicant.

For applications specifically not of interest, see p. 37 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

For funding restrictions, see p. 68 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

- FOA Issue Date: 04/15/2021
- Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 05/13/2021 5:00 pm ET
- Anticipated Date of Concept Paper Notification 06/07/2021
- Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 07/12/2021 5:00 pm ET
- Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: October 2021
- Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: October 2021 - December 2021

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Full Applications at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

Questions related to the content of the Funding Opportunity Announcement must be submitted not later than 5 business days prior to the application due date and time.

Registration Requirements:
- Applicants must obtain a DUNS number (including the plus 4 extension, if applicable) from Dun and Bradstreet (D&B). DUNS website:
- Applicants must register through the EERE eXCHANGE. EERE eXCHANGE website:
- Applicants must register with the SAM. SAM website:
- Applicants must register with website:
- FedConnect. Register in FedConnect at

The registration requirements above could take several weeks to process.

An entity may submit more than one Concept Paper and Full Application to this FOA, provided that each application describes a unique, scientifically distinct project and provided that an eligible Concept Paper was submitted for each Full Application.

Cost Sharing: EERE requires prime recipients to contribute the cost-share amount incrementally over the life of the award. For cost-share requirements, see p. 44 of the FOA in Supporting Documents below.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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William R Simmons, Grantor

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