Slots: An entity may only submit one Full Application for the topic area of this FOA. If an entity submits more than one Full Application to the topic area, EERE will request a determination from the applicant’s authorizing representative as to which application should be reviewed.
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF.
External Deadline: October 28, 2022, 5pm ET
Award Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Award Amount: $165 million
Who May Serve as PI: Standard DOE requirements.
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 such, this FOA solicits an administrator to establish and lead a consortium committed to facilitating collaborative research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) focused on realizing technology improvements and transfer from oil and gas, deploying geothermal energy nationwide, evaluating and recommending ways to address regulatory and permitting barriers, and developing opportunities in the geothermal sector for the skilled oil and gas workforce. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking an organization to function as the consortium administrator that can:
• Establish a clear structure and methodology for initiating and executing a research agenda, as defined by the consortium members and DOE
• Manage RD&D efforts in support of consortium priorities. While it is required that the majority of the planned RD&D is executed through competitive solicitations run by the consortium administrator, the consortium (including the consortium administrator) may contribute directly to RD&D execution in areas in which sufficient technical expertise and resources exist (described in detail in later sections of this FOA).
• Attract and secure key industry partners as members, including the geothermal industry as well as oil and gas operators, service companies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and potential electric or thermal market consumers
• Provide strong organizational leadership across technical disciplines and establish a robust model to leverage RD&D expertise and non-DOE funding (if feasible) to enhance commercialization opportunities of technologies and methodologies
• Serve as a primary point of contact for the consortium, with full accountability to DOE. This will include defining, managing and implementing clear membership operating structures and strategies for participation by a wide range of stakeholders in the consortium; leveraging federal funds through industry matching (minimum of 20% cost sharing); and providing the necessary agreements to enable collaboration with all stakeholders along the geothermal value chain, including end-users, to allow them to benefit from the consortium results.
DOE’s objectives for the GEODE consortium include:
• Becoming a world-class innovation core that brings together public and private stakeholders and participants focused on advancing research, development, analysis and demonstration of geothermal technologies in collaboration with the oil and gas sector. The consortium will connect researchers, industry members, workforce, and developers to solve problems collaboratively and inspire growth and joint progress.
• Accelerating the transition of oil and gas technologies, assets, and workforce to geothermal project development and construction in the United States as a result of collaborative engagement across the sectors
• During and after the completion of the effort, spurring organic geothermal industry growth, new jobs, new business incubation and increased geothermal deployment and investment in U.S. geothermal development
• Creating awareness related to the geothermal opportunities in the United States for carbon-free energy and heat production and attracting expertise, knowledge, collaboration, and investment from other U.S. industries into the geothermal industry.
Budgetary Requirements: 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.)
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