U.S. Department of Energy Announces $100 Million OPEN Funding Opportunity for Transformative Clean Energy Solutions

In support of the Biden Administration’s climate innovation agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $100 million in funding for transformative clean energy technology research and development via ARPA-E’s OPEN 2021 funding opportunity. The first of billions of dollars of DOE R&D opportunities to be announced this year, this funding will help identify cutting-edge, disruptive clean energy technologies to address the climate crisis. Concept papers are due by 9:30 a.m. ET on April 6. This means for Illinois Tech faculty that proposals are due to the Office of Sponsored Research by Tuesday, March 30, 2021 by 5 p.m.

DOE will also participate in the National Climate Task Force’s Climate Innovation Working Group announced today by the White House. The working group will coordinate federal government-wide efforts to foster affordable, game-changing technologies that can help America achieve the President’s goal of net zero economy-wide emissions by 2050, and emphasize research to bolster and build domestic clean energy supply chains and strengthen American manufacturing.

Potential applicants can visit ARPA-E’s newly launched OPEN 2021 website to access useful information and resources, including a teaming partner list for help forming new project teams and identifying potential collaborations, and webinars featuring Program Directors discussing technical areas they hope to pursue.


All proposals are due to OSRP five business days prior to the sponsor deadline. Contact osrp@iit.edu for assistance.