The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $30 million in funding to support innovative R&D for a range of enabling technologies required for commercially attractive fusion energy. The funding effort, Galvanizing Advances in Market-aligned fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW, pronounced gamma), is run jointly by the Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and Office of Science’s Fusion Energy Sciences program (SC-FES). ARPA-E will contribute up to $15 million in funding over a three-year program period, while the FES will contribute up to $5 million a year for three years for qualifying technologies.
GAMOW will prioritize R&D particularly in (1) all the required technologies and subsystems between the fusion plasma and the balance of plant, (2) cost-effective, high-efficiency, high-duty-cycle driver technologies, and (3) cross-cutting areas such as novel fusion materials and advanced and additive manufacturing.
For more information on ARPA-E’s GAMOW program, click here. To apply for funding, visit ARPA-E eXCHANGE here. Deadlines vary. As a reminder, all proposals must be submitted at least two days prior to the deadline for review and submission by the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs.