Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy

To support the President?s National Objectives for the Department of Energy, and the Objectives contained in the authorizing legislation.

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Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Connecticut $ 299,944   2020-01-152022-01-14
San Diego State University Foundation $ 299,999   2020-01-012021-12-31
Bigelow Laboratory For Ocean Sciences $ 299,728   2020-01-012021-12-31
Hood Canal Mariculture Inc $ 100,375   2019-12-232021-11-23
National Academy Of Sciences $ 10,000   2019-12-092020-12-08
Florida A & M University $ 10,000   2019-11-062020-11-05
President And Fellows Of Harvard College $ 499,727   2018-08-012020-09-30
American Society Of Plant Biologists $ 10,000   2019-08-052020-08-04
Woodruff Scientific, Inc. $ 55,000   2019-11-202020-07-19
Northwestern University $ 249,839   2018-12-142020-07-06

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: As noted in ARPA-E's FY17 Congressional Budget Justification - In FY16 ARPA-E released funding opportunity announcements for seven focused programs and awarded $201M to 77 projects that aim to: improve the energy efficiency of existing single-pane windows in commercial and residential buildings, increase energy efficiency of datacenters, develop new crop breeding approaches for improved root and soil function, use renewable energy to convert air and water into cost-competitive liquid fuels, reduce energy consumption of future vehicles, and accelerate devices built with high performance ion-conducting solids to commercial deployment. As of February 2017, ARPA-E has invested a total of $1.5 billion across more than 580 projects through 36 focused programs and three open funding solicitations. This initial investment has attracted more than $1.8 billion in private sector follow-on funding. Additionally, at least 56 ARPA-E project teams have formed new companies and 68 projects have partnered with other government agencies for further development. Fiscal Year 2017: Pending. Fiscal Year 2018: Pending.

Uses and Use Restrictions

ARPA-E will fund research and development of transformational energy related technologies.

As described in each Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

As described in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public.


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 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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: It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify successful transmission.

Award Procedures

All eligible applications will be considered through the Department?s Merit Review Process.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


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).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Deadlines are identified in each Funding Opportunity Announcement.


As required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Detailed cost share requirements are specified in each Funding Opportunity Announcement. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, as applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Most often under a Cooperative Agreement as reimbursable.

Post Assistance Requirements


In accordance with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and DOE procurement procedures.

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.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audit requirements laid out in the OMB Circulars apply to the ARPA-E Program. Circulars are available at the White House website.


In accordance with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and DOE procurement procedures.

Financial Information

Account Identification

89-0337-0-1-270 - Energy Transformation Acceleration Fund.


(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $266,955,201; FY 17 est $276,750,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available(Exp: Pending FY18 budget) - Energy Transformation Acceleration Fund.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$250,000 to $10,000,000 (average range is $2 million).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

As described under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, America COMPETES Act of 2007, and the America ReCOMPETES Act of 2010.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Hai Duong Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20585 Email: Phone: (202) 287-6583

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As described in the Funding Opportunity Annoucement.

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