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Renewable Energy Research And Development

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Renewable Energy Research And Development


Federal Agency




Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, Public Law 95-238, Section 207; Public Law 101-218.






To conduct balanced research and development efforts in the following energy technologies: solar, biomass, hydrogen, fuel cells and infrastructure, wind and hydropower, hydrogen, and geothermal. Grants will be offered to develop and transfer to the nonfederal sector various renewable energy technologies on a competitive basis.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).


Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance may be used to develop and transfer renewable energy technologies to the scientific and industrial communities, State, and local governments.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, intrastate, interstate, and local agencies and universities may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, intrastate, interstate, State and local agencies and universities will benefit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

The application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the website at

Award Procedure

All applications which pass an initial review will receive an objective merit review. The objective merit review will be based on evaluation criteria set forth in the competitive solicitation(s) or criteria set forth in 10 CFR Part 600 for Unsolicited Proposals. Evaluations will be conducted by Renewable Energy Technology program personnel at DOE Headquarters in Washington, DC. This responsibility may also be delegated to DOE Field Offices. Final decisions will be made by the EERE Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretaries, and the Director of the Federal Energy Management Program.


Deadlines are identified in the solicitation.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 180 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula, but cost-sharing is encouraged.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Award project periods range from 2 months to 1 year.


Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly progress and expenditure reports, and a final report at the conclusion of the grant time period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.




Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $226,168,574; FY 08 est $120,073,230 and FY 09 est $235,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance



Program Accomplishments

Under the State Cooperative Reservoir Analysis Program, a broad range of research, technical, and resource studies were carried out.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

The following list represents an overview of regulations, guidelines, and literature: EERE Federal Register notices; EERE Solicitations, which may be accessed through the EERE homepage at: DOE Financial Assistance Regulations(10 CFR 600); and the DOE Guide to Financial Assistance, both of which may be accessed through the DOE Office of Management home page at


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Solar Energy Technologies (EE-2A); Office of Wind and Hydropower (EE-2B); Geothermal Technologies (EE-2C) and Biomass (EE-2E), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20585. Telephone: EE-2A - (202) 586-7055; EE-2B - (202) 586-7950; EE-2C - (202) 586-6054; EE-2E - (202) 586-8798.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

81.079, Regional Biomass Energy Programs


Examples of Funded Projects

American Institute of Architects Foundation-Determination of solar building technology research and development needs.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection will be based on an objective merit review, program policy factors, the availability of funds, provisions of appropriation laws, reports, and as otherwise specified in specific solicitation document(s).


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