Internal Deadline: Friday, July 8, 2022
External Deadline: August 1, 2022, 5pm ET
Award Type: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 2 – 5
Anticipated Award Amount: $10,000,000
Cost Share: The cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects (i.e., the sum of the government share, including FFRDC costs if applicable, and the recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) and must come from non-federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law. (See 2 CFR 200.306 and 2 CFR 910.130 for the applicable cost sharing requirements.) To assist applicants in calculating proper cost share amounts, EERE has included a cost share information sheet and sample cost share calculation as Appendices A and B to this FOA.
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://orif.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
As utilities, local governments, and community-based organizations consider increasing the use of more local, or placed-based, generation to support their community, there are a number of attributes of the electric power system that must be considered. These include the following:
• Resilient: The ability to recover quickly from any situation or power outage
• Reliable: Improved power quality and fewer power outages
• Secure: Increased protection to our critical infrastructure
• Affordable: As measured by a reduction in electricity generation and delivery costs
• Flexible: Responds to the variability and uncertainty of conditions across a range of timescales, including a range of energy futures
• Environmentally Sustainable: Reduces environmental impact of energy-related activities
In addition to the attributes of the electric power system, stakeholders should also consider a range of other key goals that are critical to developing community benefits, especially in disadvantaged communities. This includes addressing:
• Economic development
• Clean energy jobs and workforce development
• Energy burden
• Environmental exposure
• Clean energy enterprise creation
• Energy democracy and ownership,
• Parity in clean energy technology access and adoption
To understand how locally-based generation impacts each of the criteria listed above, stakeholders must be able to assemble the relevant data from a range of sources and assimilate them in such a way that stakeholders from a range of backgrounds can understand the implications of more (or less) locally-based generation and participate in the decision-making process for planning the future power system.
The goal of this funding opportunity is to develop the tools and processes to help a broad set of stakeholders including utilities, local governments, and community-based organizations; understand the implications and participate in the development of locally-based energy generation in their community. To achieve this goal, applicants will assimilate data from a variety of sources into novel tools, “dashboards,” or other applications that will assess the impacts and tradeoffs, including potential benefits and challenges of locally-based energy generation. These tools should be accessible and easy-to-use to a wide array of stakeholders that are not necessarily electric power system experts. Achievement of this goal should accelerate deployment of renewable energy towards an equitable de-carbonized grid, and it will come through pursuit of several concurrent objectives in successful system design.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.