Funding Opportunity in Support of the Hydrogen Shot and a University Research Consortium on Grid Resilience
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HTFO)
To (1) fund R&D projects that leverage the HydroGEN program to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen, (2) develop/validate sensor technologies for monitoring and measuring hydrogen losses, (3) establish/validate the potential for novel, materials-based hydrogen transport and storage technologies, and (4) improve hydrogen fuel cells for use in heavy-duty transportation. This program also seeks to (5) establish a university research consortium to help implement grid resilience programs and advance needed investments.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Primary applicants may include states, tribal governments, local governments, non-profits, for-profit businesses, educational institutions, and individuals. Only U.S. universities may apply as prime recipients for Topic 5.
New hydrogen technologies can benefit "hard-to-decarbonize" sectors such as aviation and heavy-duty transport. This program aims to advance the affordable production, transport, storage, and utilization of clean hydrogen to enable decarbonization and revenue opportunities across multiple sectors. Learn more here: https://www.energy.gov/articles/doe-announces-60-million-advance-clean-hydrogen-technologies-and-decarbonize-grid
As part of the application, applicants are required to describe how diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives will be incorporated in the project.
DOE envisions multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements, with the period of performance being approximately two to four years. DOE encourages applicant teams that include stakeholders within academia, industry, and national laboratories across multiple technical disciplines. Teams are also encouraged to include representation from diverse entities such as minority-serving institutions or through linkages with Opportunity Zones.
Topic areas include projects that will develop technologies for solar fuels created by harvesting sunlight, improve hydrogen-emissions detection and monitoring, demonstrate higher-density and lower-pressure hydrogen storage technologies, and lower the costs and enhance the durability of hydrogen fuel cells for medium- and heavy-duty transportation applications.