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Cooperative Agreements to USA Individuals, For-Profits, Nonprofits,
Agencies, and Educational Institutions for Solar Energy R&D

Foundational Agrivoltaic Research for Megawatt Scale (FARMS)

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

05/12/22

LOI Date:

06/01/22

Deadline Date:

08/30/22 5:00 PM ET

Description:

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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories individuals, for-profits, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions to support solar energy research and development. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent and a concept paper prior to submitting a full application. Projects must address technical research on the impacts of agrivoltaic systems on agriculture and solar energy and use the results of that research to build widely applicable tools and resources that make agrivoltaic opportunities more accessible to farmers and solar developers.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to invest in innovative research and development (R&D) that accelerates the large-scale development and deployment of solar technology to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and decarbonized energy sector by 2050. By investing in research on the co-location of solar photovoltaics (PV) and agriculture (“agrivoltaics”), this FOA will advance the decarbonization of the energy system while providing new economic opportunities to farmers, rural communities, and the solar industry.

SETO is interested in projects that partner with farmers who are pursuing climate-smart and sustainable agriculture, especially small and medium size farms, and are considering agrivoltaics as a way to enhance the economic efficiency and sustainability of these farms, or considering farming activities on this scale at existing solar generation facilities.  Small and medium farms are defined by USDA as those with under $1 million gross cash farm income per year.

In addition to small and medium farms, SETO is interested in projects that offer economic benefits to underserved communities in these farming areas. According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, poverty rates in non-metro areas are consistently higher across all demographics than those in metro areas, a trend which has held for decades.8 Agrivoltaics may represent an economic opportunity for these areas, but the extent of that opportunity requires more research to elucidate.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203401

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$8,000,000

Number of Grants:

EERE anticipates making approximately 4-6 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual awards may vary between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants
i. Individuals: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

ii. 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.

State, local, and tribal government entities are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.

DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient.

Non-DOE/NNSA FFRDCs are eligible to apply for funding as a subrecipient, 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.

iii. Foreign Entities: Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA. 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. The Full Application must state the nature of the corporate relationship between the foreign entity and domestic subsidiary or affiliate.

iv. Incorporated Consortia: 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.

Each incorporated consortium must have an internal governance structure and a written set of internal rules. Upon request, the consortium must provide a written description of its internal governance structure and its internal rules to the EERE Contracting Officer.

v. 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.

A list of types of applications will be deemed nonresponsive and will not be reviewed or considered can be found on page 20 of the FOA. See Attached Files, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar:
5/12/2022

Webinar registration link:
https://doe.webex.com/doe/j.php?RGID=r99dafa8697c57bb395873fb7761c91c9

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- FOA Issue Date: 5/5/2022
- Informational Webinar: 5/12/2022 3:00pm ET
- Submission Deadline for Letter of Intent: 6/1/2022 5:00pm ET
- Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 6/22/2022 5:00pm ET
- Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 8/30/2022 5:00pm ET
- Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: 9/27/2022 5:00pm ET
- Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: November 2022
- Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: November 2022 – January 2023

FARMS FOA Webinar: https://doe.webex.com/doe/ldr.php?RCID=81d02cbef4482c16f8c505f2d7838e13
Password: FARMSsolar2022

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Registration.aspx

CFDA Number:

81.087

Funding or Pin Number:

DE-FOA-0002697

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