New Funding Opportunities in the Fields of Energy and Environment Compiled by the Minnesota Office of Energy Security June 4, 2010 USDA: Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants The energy audits and renewable energy development assistance program is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the nation’s critical energy needs. The 2008 Farm Bill mandates that the recipient of a grant that conducts an energy audit for an agricultural producer or a rural small business require the agricultural producer or rural small business to pay at least 25 percent of the cost of the energy audit, which shall be retained by the eligible entity for the cost of the audit. Eligible entities include a unit of State, tribal, or local government; institutions of higher education; rural electric cooperatives; or a public power entity. Due Jul 26, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54851 US DOE: Midsize Turbine Development Projects This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is in response to the Wind and Water Power Program?s FY10 budget request to Congress for a new collaborative effort to develop midsize wind turbines. This will be accomplished through the direct approach of awarding grants to domestic entities or partnerships which presently have, at minimum, existing detailed design plan specifications and a developed prototype for a midsize turbine. Applicants will be assessed on how well they demonstrate the potential to meet the goals and objective of the FOA and the evaluation criteria as defined in Section V, Application Review Guidelines. The following key points should be addressed: (1) midsize wind turbine technology advancements through innovation. (2) Value engineering to produce a cost competitive product for both the domestic and global markets. A value engineered wind turbine goes through an organized process to increase value by examining systems, facilities, procedures, and supplies to reduce costs without jeopardizing efficiency, reliability, or maintainability. (3) U.S. job creation and wind industry growth through the engagement of U.S. manufactures and supply chain vendors, and (4) a detailed plan for the accelerated product development and testing to reach commercial readiness. Proposed activities to achieve commercial readiness may involve design for manufacturing, system performance optimization, an d performance and reliability testing for certification. Due July 14, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54794 US DOE: Funding Opportunity for Enhancing Short-Term Wind Forecasting The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced funding for up to $6 million over two years to improve short-term wind energy forecasting. The funding will support projects that enhance the ability of utilities and electricity grid operators to forecast when and where generation from wind power will take place, allowing for improved utility operations. Refer to DE-FOA-0000343. Due 07/13/2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=FpK2MG2HkJnBk5NTV2NLv1kBbb42sccwTpXGRB hNyV2L1NSm60wN!-92382068?oppId=54892&mode=VIEW US DOE: Upgrading of Biomass Fast Pyrolysis Oil This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is requesting applications to develop integrated upgrading processes of bio-oil at the bench scale that: Demonstrate the capability of long term processing to address the corrosivity issues associated with stabilized bio-oil; Catalytically de-oxygenate the many molecular fragments that collectively comprise bio-oil; Demonstrate the ability to produce a final liquid transportation hydrocarbon fuel that can be blended at up to 30% by weight with ASTM petroleum fuels OR produce an upgraded bio-oil compatible with existing petroleum refining unit operations; and Provide extensive supporting data on the physical and chemical property requirements of the petroleum operations to demonstrate the compatibility of the resulting liquid hydrocarbon product with petroleum refining unit operations. Refer to DE-FOA-0000342 . Due Jul 9, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=9lXmMG9HLkTPBwHmGMWyJSh22FlTFkYSVn2P VnGT0G6LnpjvbvwR!-1766341752?oppId=54858&mode=VIEW US DOE: Solid-State Lighting Core Technologies, Round 7 The Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies (BT) Program, is seeking applications for applied research in the Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Core Technologies Program. Core Technology Research projects focus on applied research for technology development, with particular emphasis on meeting efficiency, performance, and cost targets. Due July 14, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54774 US DOE: Solid-State Lighting Product Development Funding Opportunity - Round VII The Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), on behalf of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies (BT) Program, is seeking applications for applied research in the Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Product Development Program. Product Development is the systematic use of knowledge gained from basic and applied research to develop or improve commercially viable materials, devices, or systems. Technical activities are focused on a targeted market application with fully defined price, efficacy, and other performance parameters necessary for success of the proposed product. Product development encompasses the technical activities of product concept modeling through to the development of test models and field ready prototypes. In some cases, product development may include focused-short-term applied research, but its relevance to a specific product must be clearly identified. Due July 14, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54779 US DOE: Request for Information on Portable Power Fuel Cell Targets The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Program has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from stakeholders and the research community on proposed technical and cost targets for fuel cells designed for portable power applications. Refer to DE-FOA-0000373. Due Jun 30, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54855 US DOE: Energy Efficient Housing Research Partnerships On behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America residential research program, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for research teams to support Building America activities. Building America forms research partnerships throughout all facets of the U.S. residential building industry to develop cost-effective solutions that improve the quality and energy efficiency of new and existing homes. The purpose of this RFP is to select research teams to develop reliable building energy systems that dramatically reduce the average energy use of housing by 40%-100%. Selected applicants will be required to use a multidisciplinary, team-based research approach. Refer to Number RDJ-0-40283. The deadline for this RFP is June 21, 2010. http://www.nrel.gov/business_opportunities/solicitations_rfps.html US DOE: Development of Methodologies for Determining Preferred Landscape Designs for Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstock Production Systems at a Watershed Scale In order to displace 30 percent or more of the country?s present petroleum consumption, approximately one billion dry tons of sustainably produced feedstocks would need to be produced each year. It is anticipated that the feedstock required to achieve the anticipated rapid expansion of the commercial domestic biofuels industry will come predominantly from dedicated energy crops. The lack of verifiable and reliable environmental data at the watershed scale for high-yielding energy crops and other feedstocks removed from the landscape to ascertain the sustainability of these production systems has been identified as a barrier to the development of a large and significant biofuel and biopower industry. Furthermore, there exists only limited information and few tools for implementing and managing sustainable high-yield energy crops across the landscape. There is little scientific information and no validated methodology for optimizing sustainable cellulosic biomass production systems beyond the plot and field scale onto the watershed and larger scale. With the expected rapid growth of the bio-economy, the escalation of establishment and production of energy crops across the agricultural, forestry, and rural landscape will need to be correspondingly rapid and must happen in parallel with the development of biorefineries. Special attention is therefore required to understand sustainability issues at the watershed level and to use this information for developing a model or a set of tools to help implement large-scale deployment of energy crops that ensure environmental sustainability, while optimizing system productivity and economic viability for producers, and provide high quality biomass for a variety of conversion processes. Refer to number DE-FOA-0000314. Notice of Intent to Apply is requested from each applicant by 6/22/2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54923 US DOE & USDA: Biomass Research and Development Initiative This Funding Opportunity Announcement is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy to support development of the following: 1. Technologies and processes necessary for abundant commercial production of biofuels at prices competitive with fossil fuels; 2. High- value biobased products; and 3. A diversity of economically and environmentally sustainable domestic sources of renewable biomass for conversion to biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products. The U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are soliciting pre-applications that integrate all three of the following technical areas: A. Feedstocks Development : Research, development and demonstration activities regarding feedstocks and feedstock logistics, including harvest, handling, transport, preprocessing, and storage, relevant to production of raw materials for conversion to biofuels and biobased products. B. Biofuels and Biobased Products Development - Research, development and demonstration activities to support: 1. Development of diverse cost-effective technologies for the use of cellulosic biomass in the production of biofuels and biobased products; and 2. Product diversification through technologies relevant to production of a range of biobased products, including chemicals, animal feeds, and cogeneration power, that potentially can increase the feasibility of fuel production in a biorefinery. C. Biofuels Development Analysis: Methods to quantify the proposed technology and/or the project?s positive impact on sustainability and on the environment. Successful pre-applications will consider the life-cycle, i.e. cradle-to-grave, impacts including environmental, social, and economic implications that are attributable to the project. Eligibility limited to universities, non-profits and a few others. Due Jul 13, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54455 US DOE: Recovery Act: Clean Coal Power Initiative - Round 3 For this Announcement, DOE¿s specific objective is to demonstrate advanced coal-based technologies that capture and sequester, or put to beneficial use, CO2 emissions. DOE¿s goals are to demonstrate at commercial scale in a commercial setting, technologies that (1) can achieve a minimum of 50% CO2 capture efficiency and make progress toward a target CO2 capture efficiency of 90% in a gas stream containing at least 10% CO2 by volume, (2) make progress toward capture and sequestration goal of less than 10% increase in the cost of electricity (COE) for gasification systems and less than 35% for combustion and oxycombustion systems all as compared to current (2008) practice, and (3) capture and sequester or put to beneficial use a minimum of 300,000 tons per year of CO2 emissions using a thirty day running average to determine if the project successfully meets the CO2 capture efficiency and the capture and sequestration or beneficial use rate requirements of this Announcement. DOE is currently developing large scale field tests of geologic CO2 sequestration in the U.S., on the order of 1 million tons of CO2 per year under a separate program. DOE is interested in allowing demonstration projects under CCPI to integrate with the sequestration field tests, which may already be fully operational by the time the CCPI projects come on-line. A project performer could, for example, attempt to integrate a CCPI project with a sequestration field test to supply lower-cost CO2, and reduce the cost of either or both projects. This would require careful cooperation or integration of the management of both projects. Due Aug 24, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=47865 US DOE: Unconventional Fossil Energy Funding Opportunity Announcement Unconventional Fossil Energy Funding Opportunity Announcement The intent of this Department of Energy (DOE), National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to select and award projects in FY10 that focus on (1) advanced simulation and visualization capabilities to enhance production and minimize environmental impacts associated with the development of domestic unconventional resources and (2) advanced, next-generation carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR). The objective of this FOA is to fund research that results in proof-of-concept and technology ready for field and/or commercial application.. Refer to DE-FOA-0000312. Due July 29, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54971 US DOE: DE-FOA-0000318 Geothermal Energy Production from (A) Low-Temperature Resources, (B) Coproduced Fluids, and (C) Geopressured Resources Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP) intends to expand its partnership with the geothermal community on geothermal systems research, demonstration, and development throughout the United States. GTP's goal is to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of geothermal energy production through innovative methods. GTP hopes to achieve this objective through promotion of the development and commercial application of energy production from non-conventional geothermal resources including low- temperature geothermal fluids, geothermal fluids coproduced from hydrocarbon/mineral recovery/mining operations, and geopressured resources. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54553 US DOE: Innovation Tech Transfer Development Initiative To create or enhance an environment to accelerate the movement of innovative energy technologies to the market. The Innovation Ecosystem Development Initiative will address the need to create or enhance an environment to accelerate the movement of innovative energy technologies to the market. America’s research universities are an invaluable resource for new clean energy ideas but not all have been efficient in connecting their research results with the entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and other resources needed to move technology innovations rapidly from the university into the marketplace. The intent of this announcement is to fund the creation of new programs or the expansion of existing, successful programs. Applications should propose a strategy to foster an entrepreneurial environment and support the strategy with all available evidence. The applications should provide a description of the proposed innovation ecosystem and a specific implementation plan including activities that would be supported during a three- year period. The expected results of this solicitation are to accelerate the rate of movement of innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy concepts from university laboratories to the market. Refer to DE- FOA-0000356. Due Jul 9, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54726 USDA: ECONOMICS OF MARKETS FOR AGRICULTURAL GREENHOUSE GASES The Economic Research Service (ERS) of USDA is accepting proposals for fiscal year 2010 for economic research in three broad areas related to U.S. agricultural participation in proposed greenhouse gas markets. The research should focus on the economics of agricultural activities and practices, including agricultural land use, that increase carbon sequestration or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, together referred to as “greenhouse gas reductions.” Proposals must focus on U.S. agriculture. Of particular interest is research on (1) estimates of supply curves of greenhouse gas reductions from U.S. agriculture, (2) the integrity of agricultural greenhouse gas reductions procured through markets, including provisions designed to enhance this integrity; and (3) the role of non-neoclassical behavior in the provision of agricultural greenhouse gas reductions through markets. ERS will accept proposals under this program for funding levels of up to $150,000 for a period not to exceed 3 years. Total funding available for this research is approximately $500,000. The deadline for proposal submission is June 14, 2010. http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/AP/AP048/ USDA: Organic Transitions Program The overall goal of the Organic Transitions Program (ORG) is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. In FY 2010, ORG will focus on environmental services provided by organic farming systems that support soil conservation and contribute to climate change mitigation. Practices and systems to be addressed include those associated with organic crops, organic animal production (including dairy), and organic systems integrating plant and animal production. Due July 1, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54728 USDA CSREES : New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants Program Purpose: The RTP will make grants available for technology development, applied research, and/or training, with a focus on rural communities, to aid in the development of a workforce for bioenergy, pulp and paper manufacturing, or agriculture-based renewable energy. Please refer to Part VIII (E) of this RFA for definitions relevant to this program. Priorities: The RTP shall give preference to eligible entities working in partnership within rural communities: • to improve information-sharing capacity; • to maximize the ability to meet the requirements of this RFA; • to address Evaluation Criteria found in Part V. B. of this RFA; and • to address the following two RTP Program Goals: 1. To increase the number of students encouraged to pursue and complete a 2-year postsecondary degree, or a certificate of completion, within an occupational focus of this grant program; and 2. To assist rural communities by helping students achieve their career goals to develop a viable workforce for bioenergy, pulp and paper manufacturing, or agriculture-based renewable energy. Applications may be submitted by either: (1) rural public or private nonprofit community colleges, or (2) rural advanced technological centers. See additional eligibility. Due Jul 20, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=47834 USDA: Expert Integrated Pest Management Decision Support System The purpose of the Expert Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Decision Support System (EIPMDSS) program is to support development of expert systems that help guide, demonstrate and multiply impacts of USDA supported IPM programs. The EIPMDSS created and maintained by the successful applicant will help these programs establish and communicate IPM research, education, and extension priorities; allow a diverse group of stakeholders to obtain access to selected program outputs; compile LOGIC model based program reports; and synthesize program impacts. Applications may be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, land-grant colleges and universities, research foundations established by land-grant colleges and universities, colleges. Due Jul 6 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54873 USDA: Rural MIcroentrepreneur Assistance Program Eligible MDOs will automatically be eligible to receive technical assistance grants to provide technical assistance and training to microentrepreneurs that have received or are seeking a microloan under the RMAP. These grants are limited to an amount equal to not more than 25 percent of the loan to an MDO under the RMAP. Technical assistance-only (TA-only) grants will competitively be made to MDOs for the purpose of providing technical assistance and training to prospective borrowers. TA-only grants will be made to eligible MDOs that seek to provide business-based technical assistance and training to eligible microentrepreneurs and microenterprises, but do not seek funding for a direct loan under RMAP. Refer to RDBCP-10-RMAP. Due July 16, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54969 USDA: Critical Agricultural Materials The U.S. Department of Agriculture requests proposals for Critical Agricultural Materials. This RFP will support the development and demonstration of industrial paints, coatings and adhesives that are manufactured from domestically produced crop materials. $1 million expected to be available, up to 2 awards anticipated. Responses due 6/14/10. For more info, go to: http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/cam.html. Refer to Sol# USDA-NIFA-OP-003198. EPA: NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RERSEARCH LABORATORY Environmental Technology Verification Funding Announcement The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to operate the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Advanced Monitoring Systems (AMS) Center. ETV provides objective, quality-assured performance verifications of technologies across a broad spectrum of environmental and homeland security technology categories. The ETV Centers are the industry leaders in conducting verifications and help organizations, industries, businesses, states, communities, and individuals make better informed decisions when selecting new environmental technologies. The AMS Center verifies the performance of commercial-ready technologies that monitor contaminants and natural species in air, water, and soil. Due july 12, 2010. http://www.epa.gov/nrmrl/tech/funding/solicitation/ci0911solicit.pdf EPA: State Biosolids Coordinator’s and Stakeholder’s Technology and Management Workshop The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to plan, prepare, and conduct a training workshop for State Biosolids Coordinators and other interested stakeholders. Participation by States Agencies is critical to the achievement of workshop goals. Funds awarded under this announcement may be used by the recipient to promote participation and support the travel expenses of non- Federal personnel to attend the workshop. This project will benefit state biosolid program coordinators, and potentially other interested stakeholders. Other stakeholders may be local, territorial, or tribal governments, regional organizations, or utilities. Due July 12, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54761 EPA: State Biosolids Coordinator’s and Stakeholder’s Technology and Management Workshop The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to plan, prepare, and conduct a training workshop for State Biosolids Coordinators and other interested stakeholders. Participation by States Agencies is critical to the achievement of workshop goals. Funds awarded under this announcement may be used by the recipient to promote participation and support the travel expenses of non-Federal personnel to attend the workshop. This project will benefit state biosolid program coordinators, and potentially other interested stakeholders. Other stakeholders may be local, territorial, or tribal governments, regional organizations, or utilities. Due Jul 12, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54761 EPA: ACTIVITIES THAT ADVANCE METHANE RECOVERY AND USE AS A CLEAN ENERGY SOURCE EPA’s Climate Change Division (CCD) is seeking opportunities to fund eligible projects for activities that advance near-term, cost-effective methane recovery and use as a clean energy source, and support the goals of the Methane to Markets Partnership. CCD will be funding meritorious eligible proposals for activities that help Methane to Markets Partners with developing economies and economies in transition to benefit from methane capture and use. The work proposed by an eligible applicant must be directed to Methane to Markets countries with developing economies or economies in transition. RFP# EPA-OAR-CCD-10-02 - Closing Date: July 29, 2010. http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html EPA: Black Carbon, Climate and Air Quality The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requests proposals for Black Carbon’s Role in Global to Local Scale Climate and Air Quality. This RFP will support areas including but not limited to: Emission source research, the global to local scale emissions inventory, and co-pollutants. This RFP will also support opportunities for early career projects. $7 million expected to be available, up to 9 awards anticipated. Responses due 9/22/10. For more info, contact Bryan Bloomer at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2010/2010_star_blackcarbon.html. Refer to Sol# EPA-G2010-STAR-L1 and EPA-G2010-STAR-L2. DARPA: Material Logic DARPA is soliciting innovative research proposals in the area of adaptive, high performance military systems. As the demands on military platforms and buildings increase, so does the need for materials that can mitigate the shock and vibrations applied by dynamic environments. Today’s materials exhibit limited adaptability and typically achieve only extreme stiffness. The Material Logic program seeks to enable material systems that adapt to varying loads and simultaneously exhibit both high stiffness and high damping. By demonstrating the ability to combine stiffness, damping, and adaptive dynamic range in a single material, the Material Logic program will enable the design of military platforms, and buildings with the ability to continually change their properties to match the demands of an ever evolving environment. See attached DARPA-BAA-10-64. Due July 7, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54764 DARPA: Ground Robot Mobility and Manipulation DARPA is soliciting research proposals in the area of ground robot mobility and manipulation. The Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program is designed to create and demonstrate significant advances in both science and engineering for ground robots. See Attached DARPA-BAA-10-65. Due July 19, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54777 Bureau of Reclamation: Desalination and Water Purification Research and Development Reclamation is particularly interested in research where the benefits are widespread but where no private- sector entities are willing to make the investment and assume the risks. Reclamation is also interested in research that would have a national significance—where the issues are of large-scale concern and the benefits accrue to a large sector of the public. Applications will be accepted for DWPR projects in the following 3 categories: (1) Research and Laboratory Studies are typically bench scale studies that usually involve small flow rates less than 2 gallons per minute (gpm). They are used to determine whether a process works well and they sometimes involve high degrees of uncertainty. Successful studies or projects may receive a limited amount of follow-on funding for additional work. Cost Share of up to $150,000 per agreement. (2) Pilot Scale Projects should be preceded by research studies funded by Reclamation or others that demonstrate the technology works. They usually involve flow rates between 1 and 20 gpm on natural water sources. They are used to determine the physical and economic suitability of a process. Project objectives include development of capital costs and operation and maintenance costs. Two-year agreements with cost share of up to $200,000 per year. (3) Demonstration Scale Projects should be preceded by pilot scale studies funded by Reclamation or others that demonstrate that the process is physically and economically viable. Demonstration scale projects typically involve larger flows from 20 to 500 gpm on natural water sources located at a realistic field setting. They are used to refine cost estimates and demonstrate the technology to the public. Capital costs and operation and maintenance costs are developed in detail. Results should show the marketability of the demonstration unit or the required upgrades to become a commercially viable product. Three-year agreements with cost share of up to $500,000 per year. Cost sharing is not required for institutions of higher education, including United States-Mexico binational research foundations and inter-university research programs. Other applicants must provide cost share of 75% of the cost of their project. This may be reduced to 50% if it is determined that the project is not feasible without such increased Federal funding. Due Jul 7, 2010 . http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54735 U. S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center - 2010 Broad Agency Announcement The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for various research and development topic areas. The ERDC is responsible for conducting research in the broad fields of hydraulics, dredging, coastal engineering, instrumentation, oceanography, remote sensing, geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, soil effects, vehicle mobility, self-contained munitions, military engineering, geophysics, pavements, protective structures, aquatic plants, water quality, dredged material, treatment of hazardous waste, wetlands, physical/mechanical/ chemical properties of snow and other frozen precipitation, infrastructure and environmental issues for installations, computer science, telecommunications management, energy, facilities maintenance, materials and structures, engineering processes, environmental processes, land and heritage conservation, and ecological processes. The BAA is available at http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil/contract/docs/FY2008BAA.pdf and is open until superseded. Proposals may be accepted at any time. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54587 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Biomonitoring of Great Lakes Populations The program objective is to use biomonitoring to provide a baseline assessment of the exposure of susceptible Great Lakes Basin populations to some of the 11 legacy contaminants identified by the IJC. These legacy pollutants (Table 1) are persistent, bioaccumulative, and harmful to the ecosystem and human health. The biomonitoring program will require assessments for some of the IJC legacy pollutants but will be flexible enough to allow states to also biomonitor for other contaminants of concern. Emerging contaminants of concern such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, that are widely used in fire retardants, and perfluorinated compounds that are used to make materials stain or stick resistant are examples of contaminants that may also be of interest. Competition is limited to the eight Great Lakes states because the purpose of this funding is to provide an opportunity for eligible applicants to assess exposure to Great Lakes contaminants and to advance public health actions to protect people. Due July 6, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54721 NSF: Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) Program, Phase I The Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) program seeks to establish a coordinated national network of regionally- or thematically-based partnerships devoted to increasing the adoption of effective, high quality educational programs and resources related to the science of climate change and its impacts. Each CCEP is required to be of a large enough scale that they will have catalytic or transformative impact that cannot be achieved through other core NSF program awards. The CCEP program is one facet of a larger NSF collection of awards related to Climate Change Education (CCE) that has two goals: (1) preparing a new generation of climate scientists, engineers, and technicians equipped to provide innovative and creative approaches to understanding global climate change and to mitigate its impact; and, (2) preparing today's U.S. citizens to understand global climate change and its implications in ways that can lead to informed, evidence-based responses and solutions. Each CCEP must include representation from at least each of the following communities: climate scientists, experts in the learning sciences, and practitioners from within formal or informal education venues. This solicitation seeks proposals for development of Phase I Partnerships (CCEP-I) to: (1) conduct an inventory of existing climate change education resources and identify educational needs and opportunities relevant to their particular region or theme; (2) identify key players from relevant stakeholder communities and initiate network development; (3) convene community workshops and other community-building activities that lead toward development of a comprehensive climate change education strategic plan for that Partnership; and, (4) begin to serve as a test-bed for development, customization and scaling up of standards-based instructional materials, professional development and training models, and other appropriate activities tailored to the Partnership's goals. Refer to 10-542. Letters of intent required and due April 23, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=52103 NSF: Advances in Biological Informatics The Advances in Biological Informatics (ABI) program seeks to encourage new approaches to the analysis and dissemination of biological knowledge for the benefit of both the scientific community and the broader public. The ABI program is especially interested in the development of informatics tools and resources that have the potential to advance, or transform, research in biology supported by the Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation. The ABI program accepts two major types of proposals: Innovation awards that seek to pioneer new approaches to the application of informatics to biological problems and Development awards that seek to provide robust cyberinfrastructure that will enable transformative biological research. Due Aug 23, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54738 NSF: Research Coordination Networks The goal of this program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies are especially encouraged. Groups of investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. Proposed networking activities directed to the general RCN program should focus on a theme to give coherence to the collaboration, such as a broad research question or particular technologies or approaches. The general RCN program will provide review for proposals to participating core programs and directorates listed in the solicitation, excepting Mathematical & Physical Sciences. Proposals involving mathematical and physical scientists will be accepted under the targeted physical/life science interface track. Due July 7 2014. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54739 NSF: Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics This solicitation especially encourages projects that have the potential to transform undergraduate STEM education, for example, by bringing about widespread adoption of classroom practices that embody understanding of how students learn most effectively. Thus transferability and dissemination are critical aspects for projects developing instructional materials and methods and should be considered throughout the project's lifetime. More advanced projects should involve efforts to facilitate adaptation at other sites. The program supports efforts to create, adapt, and disseminate new learning materials and teaching strategies to reflect advances both in STEM disciplines and in what is known about teaching and learning.?? It funds projects that develop faculty expertise, implement educational innovations, assess learning and evaluate innovations, prepare K-12 teachers, or conduct research on STEM teaching and learning. Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 14, 2011. See program RFP for more information on deadlines . http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=52251 NSF: Research Coordination Networks The goal of this program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education. Innovative ideas for implementing novel networking strategies are especially encouraged. Groups of investigators will be supported to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic and international boundaries. Proposed networking activities directed to the general RCN program should focus on a theme to give coherence to the collaboration, such as a broad research question or particular technologies or approaches. Aug 18, 2010 Targeted tracks RCN-PLS, RCN-UBE and RCN-UBE Incubator 08/18/2010, 07/05/2011, 07/02/2012, 1st Mon in July, Annually. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54739 Closing soon: Department of Agriculture: Rural Energy for America Program: Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans Application deadline: June 30, 2010 This program provides support for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance in rural areas. Support is also provided to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. U.S. Department of the Interior: Regional Climate Science Centers The U.S. Department of the Interior requests proposals for Regional Climate Science Centers. This RFP will support land, water, fish and wildlife, ocean, coastal, and cultural heritage resource managers with the tools and information to develop and execute strategies for successfully adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Individual awards NTE $7.5 million. For more info, contact Robin O’Malley at email@example.com or go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54299. Refer to Sol# 10HQPA0043 Fish and Wildlife Service: Grants Target Invasive Plant Species National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Pulling Together Initiative The Pulling Together Initiative, a program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), supports nonprofit organizations and local, county, and state government agencies engaged in collaborations that will help control invasive plant species. To be competitive, a project must prevent, manage, or eradicate invasive and noxious plants through a coordinated program of public/private partnerships. In addition, projects should increase public awareness of the adverse impacts of invasive and noxious plants. Most funded proposals focus on a particular well-defined area, such as a watershed, ecosystem, landscape, county, or Weed Management Area. Pre-proposals must be submitted online by June 30, 2010. http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=charter_programs_list&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDispl ay.cfm&CONTENTID=15369 Fish and Wildlife Service: Webless Migratory Game Bird Program This announcement serves as a Request for Proposals for the Webless Migratory Game Bird Research and Management Program (WMGBRMP) for Fiscal Year 2011 (starting October 1, 2010). The primary purpose of the WMGBP is to support activities that will improve management of the 16 species of migratory shore and upland game birds (MSUGBs, Table 1) in North America. Due Nov 1, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54580 Fish and Wildlife Service: Tribal Wildlife Grant Program This program provides support to develop and implement programs for the benefit of wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American traditional importance and species that are not hunted or fished Tribal Wildlife Grants are used to provide technical and financial assistance to Tribes for the development and implementation of programs that benefit fish and wildlife resources and their habitat. Activities may include, but are not limited to, planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, fish and wildlife conservation and management actions, fish and wildlife related laboratory and field research, natural history studies, habitat mapping, field surveys and population monitoring, habitat preservation, conservation easements, and public education that is relevant to the project. The funds may be used for salaries, equipment, consultant services, subcontracts, acquisitions and travel. Application deadline: September 1, 2010 http://www.fws.gov/nativeamerican/grants.html Fish and Wildlife Service: Recovery Act Funds - Environmental Internships The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is an environmental Federal Agency with offices throughout the United States. Through on-site activities located at a variety of field stations, including wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries, and ecological services offices, individuals or groups will be introduced to natural resource careers through “hands-on” work with, and training by, natural resource professionals employed by the USFWS. The goal is to help develop a new generation of enthused and effective conservationists and ecologists. Each selected individual or group is given the opportunity to serve a seasonal on-site assignment, usually scheduled between June 1st and September 30th. During the assignments, individuals or groups are introduced to various real-world conservation and rehabilitation activities such as invasive species management, habitat restoration, wildlife management, and public education and interpretation, mixed with informal and formal training sessions directed by USFWS. The USFWS hereby invites submission of proposals from all potential sources willing and able to cooperatively administer a program for identifying and recruiting individuals or groups for assignments at various USFWS stations. Due Sept 30, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&flag2006=false&oppId=47853 HUD: Choice Neighborhoods Choice Neighborhoods Background and Purpose. The spatial concentration of proverty remains a serious and often unrecognized challenge to the ability of poor families and children to access opportunities and move up the economic ladder. Moreover, many neighborhoods of poverty contain a significant presence of distressed and public and/or HUD-assisted housing in need of repair or replacement. The HOPE VI program has been successful first step in transforming neighborhoods with distressed public housing units into revitalized mixed-income neighborhoods. Applicants may include local governments, public housing authorities, nonprofits, and for-profit developers that apply jointly with a public entity. This is a Notice ONLY. NO APPLICATION IS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS POSTING. Expected closing date Jul 01, 2010. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54839 US DOT: Alternatives Analysis Program Livability Funding Opportunity The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of up to $25.7 million in discretionary Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 and 2010 funds under the Alternatives Analysis Program (49 U.S.C. 5339) authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy For Users (SAFETEA-LU), Public Law 109-59, August 10, 2005. Discretionary program funds will be distributed in accordance with the mission of this program and in support of the Department of Transportation’s Livability Initiative. Due July 12, 2010. This announcement and application instructions are available on the FTA website at: http://fta/funding/grants_financing_7829.html. Or Federal register at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-05-28/pdf/2010-12950.pdf US DOT: Clean Fuels Buses and Bus Facilities The U.S. Department of Transportation requests proposals for the Clean Fuels Grant & Discretionary Bus and Bus Facilities Programs. Through this RFP, DOT seeks to reduce public transportation energy consumption system and/or the reduce GHG emissions from public transportation systems. These grants will support: 1) Capital investments that will assist in reducing the energy consumption of a transit system, or 2) Capital investments that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions of a public transportation system. $81 million expected to be available, up to 60 awards anticipated. Responses due 6/14/10. For more info, including Regional contacts, go to: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54392. Refer to Sol# FTA-2010-004-TPM. US DOT: Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction - $75,000,000 available The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of discretionary funds in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 for the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Program. Grants will be made: (1) For capital investments that will assist in reducing the energy consumption of a transit system; or (2) for capital investments that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions of a public transportation system. Each submitted project must request a minimum of $1,000,000 and must not exceed a maximum of $25,000,000. Applications due August 11, 2010. See the above web site for details. http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do;jsessionid=h1x2LhfY2ch63X45YsgfylmrfvxQHwTNdh1DpDZ Gz6PGvvT5J2vh!1054284830?oppId=54280&mode=VIEW NIST: Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grants Programs The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announces that the following programs are soliciting applications for financial assistance for FY 2010: (1) the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Laboratory Grants Program; (2) the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory Grants Program; (3) the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory Grants Program; (4) the Physics Laboratory Grants Program; (5) the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory Grants Program; (6) the Building Research Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program; (7) the Fire Research Grants Program; (8) the Information Technology Laboratory Grants Program; (9) the NIST Center for Neutron Research Grants Program; and (10) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology Grants Program; and (11) the Technology Services Grants Program. Applications for all programs listed in this notice will be considered on a continuing basis. See full synopsis for further information. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=50883 US Defense Logistics Agency seeks Renewable Energy Certificates The Defense Logistics Agency seeks 320,604,000 kWh of Renewable Energy Certificates, for ultimate transfer to the U.S. Air Force and various Federal Civilian customers. Responses due 7/6/10. For more info, contact Ashleigh Johnson at Ashleigh.Johnson@dla.mil or go to: https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=49cd8daa9c23d79414dcf707275279b7&tab=core& _cview=0. Refer to Sol# SP0660-10-R-0432. NASA: RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN AERONAUTICS - 2010 This Research Opportunity in Aeronautics (ROA) NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits fundamental research proposals for the five programs within ARMD: the Airspace Systems Program, the Aviation Safety Program, the Fundamental Aeronautics Program, the Integrated Systems Research Program, and the Aeronautics Test Program. The Airspace Systems Program will directly address the Air Traffic Management (ATM) research needs of the Next Generation Air Transportation Systems (NextGen) initiative as defined by the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO). The Aviation Safety Program will take a proactive approach to safety challenges with new and current vehicles operating in the Nation’s current and future air transportation system. The Fundamental Aeronautics Program will pursue long-term, cutting edge research in all flight regimes to produce data, knowledge, and design tools that will be applicable across a broad range of air vehicles that fly through any atmosphere at any speed. The Integrated Systems Research Program will conduct research at an integrated system-level on promising concepts and technologies and explore/assess/demonstrate the benefits in a relevant environment. Proposal due dates are scheduled starting on or about July 15, 2010, and continue through July 31, 2011. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=54960 Minnesota State University at Mankato: Small Grants for Demonstration Funding for Automotive Technology Projects With a Special Focus on Plug-in Hybrid ElectricVehicles Proposals are being requested for Demonstration and Evaluation of Emerging Automotive Technologies with a focus on projects for: 1. After-market retrofit technologies that could achieve a 20% or greater improvement in fuel efficiency with similar reduction in emissions. 2. Other fuel efficient or electric vehicle advances that would improve performance, lower costs, extend range and/or address other important technical and cost barriers to electric, fuel-efficient or low emission vehicles. This is intended to be a small grant program to assist Minnesota innovators in the demonstration of electric and other advanced vehicle technologies that will lower fuel use and reduce green house gas emissions. Projects proposed are required to have proof of concept and pilot-scale research complete and be at the demonstration, verification or another more advanced stage of development and commercialization. (For clarification of these stages, see U.S. EPA’s R & D Continuum at: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaltechnology/continuum.html Technologies within this focus area are expected to use commonly available, non-adulterated transportation fuels such as diesel, biodiesel, gasoline, ethanol and/or electricity as supplied by Minnesota’s existing fuel/energy delivery infrastructure. Proposals are being solicited for technologies that would be manufactured, assembled, or modified using components made by companies located in Minnesota. Of particular interest are projects with the potential to create manufacturing jobs in Minnesota.. Proposals are due on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 by 4:30 PM. CST. RFP will be posted soon at http://grad.mnsu.edu/research/elinks.html under the heading “Private Funding Resources”. RFP may not get posted until Jun 7 or 8th. Check back if you don’t find it. Small Grants for Greenways Projects These grants are offered a through a partnership of the Eastman Kodak Company, the National Geographic Society, and the Conservation Fund. Seed grants of up to $2,500 are awarded to organizations that are working to create or improve a greenway, trail or waterway. (Most grants range from $500 - $1,000). For 2010, the program anticipates awarding up to 50 percent of the grants to those greenways projects that involve natural, cultural, and/or socio-political historical themes. Funded projects typically advance one or more of the following goals: - Catalyzing new greenway projects - Assisting grassroots greenway organizations - Leveraging additional money for conservation and greenway development - Promoting use and enjoyment of greenways Applications are due June 15, 2010. Visit the web site above for more details and application guidelines. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. http://conservationfund.org/kodak_awards National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Grants Restore Native Plant Communities The Native Plant Conservation Initiative, a program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, supports on-the-ground conservation projects that protect, enhance, and/or restore native plant communities, including pollinators, on public and private lands. Funded projects should benefit multiple species, achieve a variety of resource management objectives, and/or lead to revised management practices that reduce the causes of habitat degradation. Preference is given to projects that demonstrate a critical conservation need, are identified as high priority, and/or work to conserve an area documented for unique biodiversity or containing a special-status species. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and local, state, and federal government agencies. The application deadline is July 1, 2010. Online application guidelines are available on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website. http://www.nfwf.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Charter_Programs_List&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisp lay.cfm&CONTENTID=15393 Awards Recognize Effective Collaborations The Collaboration Prize The Collaboration Prize, created by the Lodestar Foundation, is a national award program designed to identify and showcase models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations. Recognizing the impact that can be achieved from working together, the prize shines a spotlight on collaborations that cooperate to demonstrate innovative and effective responses to challenges or opportunities. To be eligible, a collaboration must involve two or more U.S. nonprofit organizations and must have been in operation for at least 18 months. Each of eight finalists will receive $12,500 and the winner will receive an additional $150,000. The online application process will open June 1, 2010 and close on July 16, 2010. Eligibility details and application instructions are available on the website listed above. Ethanol group fuels campaign June 3, 2010 8:51 AM CDT by Bob Geiger Staff Writer Growth Energy, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of domestic ethanol supporters, has launched a one- month “Fuel on the Fourth” promotion. The campaign publicizes nearly $300 to be awarded to owners of flex-fuel vehicles, which run on E85 fuel. During the contest, which runs through July 1, flex-fuel vehicle owners can win one of two E85 Fuel Credit Cards — worth $185 and $85, respectively — by submitting a photo of themselves with their vehicle and a caption describing why they choose to buy E85 fuel. http://www.finance-commerce.com/article.cfm/2010/06/04/Ethanol-group-fuels-campaign Showcase Your Minnesota Community Pride This Summer! We are delighted to announce that the “Reinventing Minnesota -- Minnesota Community Pride Competition” is open for applications as of June 1, 2010, with all communities recognized, winners announced, and cash awards distributed August 29 at the Minnesota State Fair. Applications are due July 16, 2010. There is no charge for contest entry, though a donation of $25 is welcomed to help cover contest logistics. You can download contest guidelines and applications and learn more about the 2010 contest (including summaries of award-winning community projects from the 2009 25th anniversary competition) at http://www.reinventingminnesota.org/mn_pride.html . Minnesota Office of Energy Security Solar and Wind Rebates: Rebates are available on 1st come, 1st serve basis for residential and small business solar thermal and solar hot water installations and small wind turbines. Detailed information and application forms are available at WWW.ENERGY.MN.GOV > Project Funding NEWS ITEMS: CLEAN TECH PATENT NEWS: The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced Friday that it has changed the application process to attract more green technologies into an accelerated patent-review program. The Green Technology Pilot program was created in December to encourage more inventors to apply for patents relating to green technology. If accepted, those patent petitions will get priority screening under the one-year trial program. the patent office eliminated the need for green technology patent applications to comply with its previously specified classifications. The green technology program is designed to encourage development of businesses with products that reduce use of fossil fuels and protect the environment. According to a notice from the patent office (click for PDF), inventions are eligible for the program if they include discoveries related to renewable energy, more efficient use of energy resources, or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. FERC Aims to Ease the Development of Small Hydropower Projects The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) took a step toward making its small hydropower licensing program more user-friendly on April 15 by announcing a series of Web-based tools that will help developers understand the FERC licensing process and complete the license application process more quickly and efficiently. FERC took the action in response to an increase in the number of inquiries about small hydropower projects. In 2009, FERC received almost twice as many inquiries about small hydropower issues than in 2008, and the commission has also received more applications for these types of projects in recent years. The new Web resources, to be available on the FERC Web site in August, will provide a roadmap that walks applicants through the process of selecting a project site, determining if a project is jurisdictional, selecting a FERC licensing process, consulting with stakeholders, and preparing a license or exemption application. New tools are intended to make it easier for a potential applicant to apply for a license or exemption. These tools include fill-in-the-blank applications, as well as tips on how to expedite the application process. FERC also intends to improve its coordination with other agencies, and it will employ a new outreach program to educate potential small hydropower developers. See the FERC press release. Looking for renewable energy or energy conservation information? The Office of Energy Security website www.energy.mn.gov has information on conservation, efficiency, renewables, and stimulus- funded programs.
Pages to are hidden for
"Energy Funding Opportunities"Please download to view full document