Summary. The Department of Energy ("DOE") announced it has made $120 million in grants available through its Industrial Technology Program for "transformational manufacturing processes and technologies" that will help double energy productivity in U.S. industry (DE FOA-0000560). The "Innovative Manufacturing Initiative" will support research and development projects to improve energy productivity and energy performance in the manufacturing sector, with the emphasis being on "new processes and materials that are revolutionary and can be commercialized within the next five to seven years" (p. 8 of Funding Opportunity Announcement, or "FOA"). This Client Alert discusses the types of projects likely to be funded, who is eligible to apply, and steps needed to craft a competitive application for funding.
Two Technical Topic Areas of Interest, both focusing on increasing the output per unit of energy used. In order to promote increasing energy productivity, the DOE focuses on two Topic Areas in its FOA: Topic Area 1, "Innovative Manufacturing Processes" and Topic Area 2, "Innovative Materials." Applications must identify which Topic Area the proposed project falls under, as well as the SubTopic Area, as discussed below.
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