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Cooperative Agreements to USA Individuals, For-Profits, Nonprofits, and Educational Institutions for Projects to Conserve Fish Populations

Advancing Fish Passage and Protection Technologies


GrantWatch ID# 206597
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO)
CFDA Number: 81.087
Funding or PIN Number: DE-FOA-0002801

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/08/22
LOI Date: 12/05/22
Deadline: 03/27/23 5:00 PM ET

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA individuals, for-profits, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions for research and development projects to conserve fish populations. Applicants must submit a concept paper prior to a full application and are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Applicants are highly encouraged to include individuals from groups historically underrepresented in STEM on their project teams.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) through its Hydropower Program Environmental R&D and Hydrologic Systems Science Activity Area, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “Advancing Fish Passage and Protection Technologies.” This funding opportunity seeks to advance the Technology Readiness Level (TRL)1 of innovative fish passage and protection technologies by providing data through testing to verify technologies’ biological effects and performance. Technology innovations include novel solutions that have already established proof-of-concept but require testing as a next step toward market adoption, as well as advancements to existing technologies that show potential to reduce negative impacts to fish, increase technology performance, dramatically reduce costs and/or present novel applications (such as use for different fish species, environmental conditions, or types of infrastructure) but require testing to quantify those improvements. The development of technical solutions to enable and improve safe, timely, and effective fish passage and protection at hydropower dams can improve hydropower’s environmental performance, supports infrastructure sustainability, and contributes to fish restoration goals.

Technology innovations of interest in this FOA include: 1) novel solutions that have already established proof-of-concept but require testing as a next step towards market adoption, and 2) innovations to existing technologies that show potential to reduce negative impacts to fish, increase performance, dramatically reduce costs and/or present applications to novel use cases (e.g., different fish species evaluations, environmental conditions, or types of infrastructure) but require testing to quantify the improvement(s) or application(s). The FOA emphasizes technology innovations that can advance to the prototype testing or demonstration stages and that have a partnership with an appropriate testing facility and/or a hydropower owner/ operator with relevant permits and/or permissions for site access and testing. 

There is only one Topic Area in this FOA. This FOA seeks to advance the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of innovative fish passage and protection technologies by providing data through testing to verify biological effects and performance. Technology innovations include: 1) novel solutions that have already established proof-of-concept but require testing as a next step towards market adoption, and 2) innovations to existing technologies that show potential to reduce negative impacts to fish, increase technology performance, dramatically reduce costs and/or present applications to novel use cases (e.g., different fish species evaluations, environmental conditions, or types of infrastructure) but require testing to quantify the improvement(s). The FOA emphasizes technology innovations that can advance to the prototype testing or demonstration stages. FOA applicants must have a partnership with an appropriate testing facility and/or a hydropower owner/ operator with permissions for site access and testing and relevant permits or a plan to obtain permits. 

More information about the Topic Area can be found on page 13 of the FOA. See Supporting documents, below.

Information about Technology Space and Strategic Goals can be found on page 9 of the FOA. 



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligible Applicants
i. Individuals: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
ii. Domestic Entities: For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States and have a physical location for business operations in the United States are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
iii. Foreign Entities: Foreign entities, whether for-profit or otherwise, are eligible to apply for funding under this FOA.
iv. Incorporated Consortia: Incorporated consortia, which may include domestic and/or foreign entities, are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient or subrecipient.
v. Unincorporated Consortia: Unincorporated Consortia, which may include domestic and foreign entities, must designate one member of the consortium to serve as the prime recipient/consortium representative.

More information about eligibility can be found starting on page 19 of the FOA. See Supporting Documents, below.

Applications Specifically Not of Interest can be found on page 16 of the FOA.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Webinar is scheduled for November 8, 2022 from 4 PM – 5 PM ET.

Please register in advance at the link provided below:

https://doe.webex.com/doe/j.php?RGID=r4c8c1565985a58b7f16764cdc550eaa3

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Informational Webinar: 11/08/2022
- Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 12/05/2022, 5:00pm ET
- Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 3/27/2023, 5:00pm ET
- Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments: 5/19/2023, 5:00pm ET
- Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications: July 2023
- Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations: October 2023

The application process will include two phases: a Concept Paper phase, and a Full Application phase. Only applicants who have submitted an eligible Concept Paper will be eligible to submit a Full Application.

NOTE: Due to the high demand of UEI requests and SAM registrations, entity legal business name and address validations are taking longer than expected to process. Entities should start the UEI and SAM registration process as soon as possible. If entities have technical difficulties with the UEI validation or SAM registration process they should utilize the HELP feature on SAM.gov. SAM.gov will work entity service tickets in the order in which they are received and asks that entities not create multiple service tickets for the same request or technical issue.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,000,000

Number of Grants
EERE anticipates making approximately 3-5 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Anticipated Minimum Award Size for Any One Individual Award (Fed Share): $500k
- Anticipated Maximum Award Size for Any One Individual Award (Fed Share): $1.3M

Term of Contract
EERE anticipates making awards that will run from 18 months up to 24 months in length, comprised of one budget period.


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