Archives for October 18, 2015

ARPA-E INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY-RELATED APPLIED SCIENCE (IDEAS)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. IDEAS awards are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with information useful for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. IDEAS awards may also support proof-of-concept research to develop a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program. Applications must propose concepts that are not covered by open ARPA-E focused FOAs and that also do not represent incremental improvements over existing technology.

IDEAS awards are defined as single-phase efforts of durations 12 months or less with a total project cost of $500,000 or less and will be issued through Grants.

This FOA is a continuation of the IDEAS Program initially announced in September 2013 and continued for a second year in September 2014. ARPA-E continues to view the IDEAS program as a success and therefore plans to extend this FOA on an annual basis, based on the availability of funds.

REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the “Required Application Documents” with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Template Application Documents

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Applicants may submit questions regarding ARPA-E eXCHANGE, ARPA-E’s online application portal, to ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov. ARPA-E will promptly respond to emails that raise legitimate, technical issues with ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    ARPA-E will refer any questions regarding the FOA to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 9/30/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

ARPA-E INDEPENDENT FIELD TESTING OF METHANE EMISSIONS DETECTION TECHNOLOGIES

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is considering providing financial assistance for operation of a multi-user field test site of (including some construction) for priority use by its MONITOR (Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions) program awardees. ARPA-E is seeking information on associated capabilities, costs, and other considerations for operating such a field test site. The MONITOR program will support 11 project teams over three years (totaling $30M) to develop technologies focused on the detection, quantification, and localization of methane emissions. The field test site would enable MONITOR awardees to assess the technical performance of their technologies under realistic conditions on a simulated natural gas well pad.

Interested parties are free to provide any information that they believe may assist ARPA-E; however the Agency will not pay for any information submitted. Comments in response to this RFI should be submitted in PDF format to the email address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov with the subject line “Responses for RFI for DE-FOA-0001423”. Information should be submitted not later than 11/13/15.

Respondents are requested to include the following information as part of the submission:

• Company/institution name;

• Individual contact name and title;

• Mailing address;

• Phone number;

• Email address; and

• Type of company/institution (i.e., university, non-governmental organization, small business, large business, federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), government-owned/government-operated (GOGO)).

In your response, please address the following prompts and limit your response to no more than eight pages:

• Describe your team’s capabilities, experience, and assets (i.e., equipment and property) relevant to this RFI. (~2 page)

• Describe your overarching technical approach to the design, construction, and operation of a field test site that can test MONITOR-funded technologies under real-world conditions. This should include the ability to test against the program goals. We are also interested in evaluating performance under an expanded set of conditions, which may include changing weather conditions or emissions due to human error. (~3 pages)

• Propose a geographic location for field testing and include a discussion of constraints related to resources or site access. Please specify the proximity to major nearby airports, and include a map. (~0.5 page)

• Provide a diagram of a notional test site. (~1 page)

• Provide a budget estimate, including capital and operating expenditures. (~1 page)

DO NOT SUBMIT CONFIDENTIAL OR PROPRIETY INFORMATION

This RFI is for planning purposes only and does not constitute an FOA. ARPA-E is not presently accepting applications for financial assistance and there is no guarantee that a FOA will be published following ARPA-E’s evaluation of information submitted. ARPA-E may decide at a later date to issue a FOA based, in part, on consideration of the input received.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov 
    Please submit your comments in PDF format to the email address above by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on November 13, 2015. ARPA-E will not review or consider comments submitted by other means.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

ARPA-E ADVANCED TELEPRESENCE TECHNOLOGY

ARPA-E seeks input from researchers from a broad range of disciplines, including the physical, computer, and social sciences and all engineering disciplines, regarding the development and adoptability of advanced telepresence technologies in the context of reducing the energy use associated with transportation.

These may include, but are not limited to, advanced technologies and concepts relating to 2D or 3D telecommunications, virtual or augmented reality, brain-computer interface, robotics for telelabor, and any other mixed reality technologies.

Any opportunities for development and potential technical solutions that might be of interest to ARPA-E would require a demonstrable path to reducing the amount that people use energy in the transportation sector.

Of essential importance is the argument that, whatever the technology or concept is, an individual would prefer it to the energy-intensive status quo. This would therefore relegate the potential emissions reductions and fuel import reductions as positive externalities, not primary motivations.

The information you provide may be used by ARPA-E in support of program planning. Comments in response to this RFI should be submitted in PDF format to the email address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on October 30, 2015. ARPA-E will accept responses to this RFI immediately.

Please insert “Responses for RFI for FOA DE-FOA-0001424” in the subject line of your email, and include your name, organization, email address, and telephone number in the body of your email. Responses to this RFI are limited to no more than 3,000 words in length. ARPA-E will not provide any debriefings or prepare and publish a synopsis of materials received in response to the RFI.

THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). NO FOA EXISTS AT THIS TIME.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov 
    Please submit your comments in PDF format to the email address above by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on October 30, 2015. ARPA-E will not review or consider comments submitted by other means.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

National Organic Standards Board, US Department of Agriculture

“The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) was established to assist in the development of  standards for substances to be used in organic production and to advise the Secretary on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA). Through this Notice, the USDA is requesting nominations to fill one (1) unexpected vacancy on the NOSB for an environmentalist/resource conservationist position. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint one person to this position to serve on the NOSB for the remainder of the term for this position, which began in January 24, 2015, and goes through January 23, 2020.”

“The NOSB is composed of 15 members; including 4 organic producers, 2 organic handlers, a retailer, 3 environmentalists/resource conservationists, 3 public/consumer representatives, a scientist, and
a certifying agent. Through this Notice, USDA is seeking nominations to fill one (1) unexpected vacancy on the NOSB for an environmentalist/resource conservationist position. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint one person to this position immediately to serve for the remainder of the term that began in January 24, 2015, and goes through January 23, 2020.”
Nominations due: Nominations accepted on a rolling basis
See Full details: 

Invasive Species Advisory Committee, Department of the Interior

“The U.S. Department of the Interior, on behalf of the interdepartmental National Invasive Species Council (NISC), proposes to appoint new members to the Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). The Secretary of the Interior, acting as administrative lead, is requesting nominations for qualified persons to serve as members of the ISAC.”

“Executive Order (EO) 13122 authorized the National Invasive Species Council (NISC) to provide interdepartmental coordination, planning, and leadership for the Federal Government on the prevention, eradication, and control of invasive species. NISC is currently comprised of thirteen Federal Departments and Agencies. The Co-­‐chairs of NISC are the Secretaries of the Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce. The Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC) advises NISC. NISC is requesting nominations for individuals to serve on the ISAC.”

Nominations due: November 30, 2015

See Full details: 

United States Air Force – Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (USAF-SFFP)

see notice in PIVOT Pivot at S&T

The AF SFFP offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8- to 12-week research residencies at participating Air Force Research Facilities for full-time science and engineering faculty at U.S.colleges and universities. This program is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and is administered by ASEE, which provides the oversight and administrative structure for the selection and appointment of applicants. The objectives of the AF SFFP are as follows:
1. To stimulate professional relationships among AF SFFP participants and the scientists and engineers at Air Force research facilities
2. To enhance the research interests and capabilities of faculty (both new and experienced researchers) in the U.S. academic community
3. To elevate the awareness in the U.S. academic community of Air Force research interests
4. To provide the AF SFFP participant opportunities to perform high-quality and meaningful research at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directorates, the United States Air Force Academy, or the Air Force Institute of Technology
5. To provide nationally accredited mentoring of academic researchers at technical directorates of the AFRL, the United States Air Force Academy, and the Air Force Institute of Technology

If you have any questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at brandon.hencey@us.af.mil

Summer Faculty Fellowship Program
“The U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship Program offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8- to 12-week research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities”

Among the numerous topics available, I have posted the research topic “Control Techniques for Aircraft Energy Management” [link]