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The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources posts state and federal funding opportunities on a regular basis. The list below includes solicitations of proposals for energy or environmental grant funding or other incentives from a wide variety of organizations. Also, view our list of funding resources.

Funding Opportunities

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TitleDescription and EligibilityTopicSourceDeadline
Network Optimized Distrbuted Energy Systems (NODES)

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to develop transformational grid operation and control strategies that optimize the usage of flexible Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to improve the overall efficiency of the U.S. electric grid and enhance penetration of renewable energy resources. FOA expected in January 2015.

Renewable & Efficient EnergyU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2025
Request for Information: Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies, FY 2015

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks input from interested parties and stakeholders regarding the subject of the anticipated FOA and related details. If the FOA is issued, it will likely provide grants to Federal agencies for renewable energy projects that are incorporated into a privately financed performance contract or as part of a renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement.

EfficiencyU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2025
Notice of Intent to Issue Fiscal Year 15 Biomass Research and Development Initiative

Eligibility: Unrestricted. 
Seeks data, information and feedback on the high impact technologies included in the Building Technology Office’s analysis and planning.

BioenergyU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2020
Notice of Intent: Deploying Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks to fund the scale-up of promising solutions to the market barriers that hinder the growth of energy efficiency in the commercial building sector. The objective of this funding is to build a path for market-ready solutions to be used at scale across the United States to improve building energy efficiency. 

EfficiencyU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2020
Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Building Technologies Office (BTO) seeks to develop technologies, techniques, and tools for making buildings more energy efficient, productive, and affordable

EfficiencyU.S. Department of Energy02/04/2015
Physics of Reliability: Evaluating Design Insights for Component Technologies in Solar 2 (PREDICTS 2)

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks research and development projects that will advance the reliability and durability of solar photovoltaic technologies.

SolarU.S. Department of Energy03/12/2015
Notice of an Upcoming Funding Opportunity: Open 2015

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
In January 2015, the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue an Open Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), OPEN 2015. The objective is to support the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications.

EfficiencyU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2025
RFP: Distributed Wind Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP)

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Aims to help U.S. manufacturers of small and mid-sized wind turbines with rotor swept areas up to 1,000 square meters improve their turbine designs and manufacturing processes to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and earn certification that shows they have met performance and safety requirements. The four topics of the RFP include: Component Improvements and Overall System Optimization; Manufacturing Process Upgrades; Turbine Certification (for wind turbines with rotor swept areas less than 200 square meters); and Type Certification (for turbines with rotor swept areas greater than 200 square meters but less than 1,000 square meters).

WindU.S. Department of Energy02/09/2015
Notice of Intent: FY 2015 Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator DE-FOA-000124

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA.

Vehicle TechnologiesU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2025
Notice of Intent: Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Prospective applicants should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. FOA posting expected at EERE Exchange in February 2015. 

Vehicle TechnologiesU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2020
Notice of Intent: FY 2015 Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001254.

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
This FOA supports a broad technology portfolio aimed at developing and deploying cutting-edge advanced highway transportation technologies that reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while meeting or exceeding vehicle performance and cost expectations.

Vehicle TechnologiesU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2025
Clean Energy Accelerator RFP

Eligibility: Community-based institutions, organizations, or groups based in the 11-county Metro CERT region (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright Counties).
An initiative of the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team (Metro CERT) to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects. 

Clean EnergyMetro CERT05/31/2015
Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
The DOE’s Office of Science announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. 

SolarU.S. Department of Energy09/30/2015
Made in Minnesota Solar PV Production Based Incentive (PBI) Program

Eligibility: Commercial for-profit (under 40 kW), commercial nonprofit/government (under 40 kW), and residential (up to 10 kW).
Offers incentives based on the actual production of its renewable energy system (each year for 10 years) to customers of investor-owned utilities who install PV systems using solar modules certified as manufactured in Minnesota. Applications accepted January 1 - February 28, 2015.

SolarMinnesota Department of Commerce02/28/2015
Notice of Intent: Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms and Modeling for Manufacturing

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Provides advance notice to potential applicants that the Advanced Manufacturing Office intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) in early 2015. Prospective applicants should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of this FOA.

Renewable & Efficient EnergyU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2025
Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (Ideas)

Eligibility: Unrestricted. 
This funding opportunity announcement is intended to provide rapid support to revolutionary applied energy research studies that may lead to new Advanced Research Projects Agency programs to develop transformational and disruptive energy technologies. 

Clean EnergyU.S. Department of Energy09/28/2015
RFP: Criteria Pollution Externality Values Development and Expert Witness Testimony for Minnesota Contested Case Proceeding

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks proposals from organizations or individuals to develop environmental externality values for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter less than 2.5 microns from Minnesota electric generators. Grantee will serve as Department’s expert witness in a contested case proceeding before the MN Office of Administrative Hearings.

Clean EnergyMN Department of Commerce02/02/2015
$1 Million H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition

Eligibility: Unrestricted. 
The two-year competition challenges America's engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable systems for small-scale hydrogen fueling.  

HydrogenU.S. Department of Energy04/21/2015
RFP: Expert Testimony on the U.S. Federal Social Cost of Carbon for Minnesota Contested Case Proceeding

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Seeks a consultant to serve as the Department’s expert witness in a contested case proceeding before the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings on whether the Federal Social Cost of Carbon is reasonable and the best available measure to determine the environmental cost of CO2 under Minn. Stat. §216B.2422 and, if not, what measure is better supported by the evidence. 

Clean EnergyMN Department of Commerce02/02/2015
Guaranteed Energy Savings Program (GESP)

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Provides technical, contractual and financial assistance to state agencies, local government units, school districts, and public institutions of higher learning that elect to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements through guaranteed energy savings contracts.

EfficiencyMN Department of Commerce12/31/2025
Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES)

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
Aims to advance computing and information sciences research and infrastructure in tandem with other disciplines to develop analyses, methods, prototypes, and systems that lead to an increased understanding of sustainability and to solutions to sustainability challenges. 

EfficiencyNational Science Foundation02/24/2015
Notice of Intent: Sunshot Incubator Round 10, SolarMat Round 3, SUNPATH Round 2

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
This FOA will enable the widespread market penetration of highly impactful solar technologies and solutions through technology research, development, and demonstration to overcome technical, institutional and market challenges. Historically, annual funding opportunities have been separated by stage of technology development (Incubator, SolarMat, and SUNPATH). In the interest of optimizing the application and selection process, these funding opportunities have been combined into a single FOA.

SolarU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2025
The Resilient Electricity Delivery Infrastructure (REDI) Initiative

Eligibility: City or township governments, Native American tribal governments (federally recognized), and county governments.
Focuses on technology transfer of smart grid advances to support the White House actions to respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. 

Electricity DistributionU.S. Department of Energy03/04/2015
Notice of Intent: State Energy Program 2015 Competitive Awards

Eligibility: Unrestricted.
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, this FOA. DOE seeks to fund projects in two areas: “State Energy Planning” and “Opportunities for Innovative Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Practices.”

EfficiencyU.S. Department of Energy12/31/2025

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