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RFI:Technology Advancements for Subsurface Exploration for Renewable Energy Resources or Carbon Storage Varies

RFI: Technology Advancements for Subsurface Exploration for Renewable Energy Resources or Carbon Storage This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. This RFI is not soliciting application for financial assistance. The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible formulation of future programs. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit input for a potential future ARPA-E research program focused on technologies that enable high-resolution, wide-area subsurface mapping in order to identify opportunities for renewable energy technologies and the future low-carbon economy. Examples where advances in subsurface imaging will be critical include, but are not limited to, locating reservoirs for carbon capture and storage (CCS), identifying new geothermal sites, mapping natural accumulations of energy-relevant minerals, and assessing potential resources of geologic hydrogen. The goal is to better understand how subsurface imaging technologies today may need to expand, adapt, or improve beyond technologies which have been optimized for oil and gas exploration. ARPA-E is seeking information at this time regarding the state of the art in subsurface imaging technologies and transformative and implementable technologies that could: 1. Reduce frontier exploration costs for renewable energy or carbon storage projects by an order of magnitude or more, leveraging advancements in subsurface imaging, data collection, and data processing. For new renewable technologies or CCS projects, identifying potential geologic sites with the requisite properties requires honing in on sites from a much larger region, often in areas that have not been traditionally explored by oil and gas interests and where there is little prior high-quality imaging data. Isolating regions of interest could mean developing new, cost-effective wide-area subsurface exploration technologies, using a combination of imaging techniques paired with multi-physics models, using data processing or novel geostatistical methods to upgrade or augment existing datasets, and/or developing machine learning algorithms which can fill in data gaps. 2. Advance data processing to accommodate larger amounts of data and reduce processing time by orders of magnitude for wide-area and/or nationwide subsurface imaging surveys. 3. Dramatically improve project success rates. Successful technologies would result in outcomes such as reduced incidence of dry wells in geothermal energy projects or identification of new energy-relevant mineral deposits. These outcomes can be facilitated by acquiring higher-quality and/or more comprehensive data in order to discern sites with high probability factors. 4. Monitor dynamic changes in the subsurface over time (4D mapping) with more sensitive surveys techniques, more comprehensive models, and/or algorithms. ARPA-E expects that subsurface changes of interest to renewable energy or CCS projects (e.g. changes in rock morphology, active water-rock chemical reactions, fluid migration, fracture network development, biological processes) may be different than those typically modelled for the oil and gas industry and that current models may need to be expanded to include these processes. 5. Reveal opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, combining the expertise of groups that traditionally do not interact, in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of dynamic geologic processes. To view the RFI in its entirety, please visit https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov. The information you provide may be used by ARPA-E in support of program planning. THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). NO FOA EXISTS AT THIS TIME.

Coral Reef Conservation Program Domestic Capacity-Building Partnerships $750,000.00

Pursuant to Section 6403 of the Coral Reef Conservation Act (CRCA), 16 U.S.C. 6401-6409, and pending federal appropriations, CRCP funding of approximately $1,000,000 is expected to be available for initiating partnership(s) with up to ten organizations in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. CRCP will consider funding a single proposal that includes support for all seven coral reef states and territories and/or several proposals in the Pacific Islands (benefitting Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and/or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), the Atlantic/Caribbean region (benefitting Florida, Puerto Rico, and/or the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the national priorities, or any combination thereof. Some international work may be proposed using non-federal matching funds provided the scope is similar to domestic activities and clearly linked, but will not be prioritized. It is expected that a minimum of one project, but not more than two projects, will be selected to benefit each jurisdiction in any combination of proposals. Applications may propose work plans of up to 24 months, in conformance with the requirements of Section IV of this announcement, and may at most request $90,000 per state or territory, depending on how many of the seven coral states and territories will benefit from the proposed project(s), and up to $150,000 for a national capacity-building project. Based on the number of projects proposed, applications are expected to be within the range of $50,000 to $750,000. As required by the CRCA, recipients are required to match NOAA's Federal contributions with non-federal matching contributions at a minimum ratio of 1:1, unless the applicant requests and is granted a waiver to the matching requirement by the agency. Funding after the first year generally depends on future Congressional appropriations, NOAA/CRCP priorities, and recipient performance in the first year of the award.

Performance Targets for Perovskite Photovoltaic Research, Development, and Demonstration Programs Varies

Performance Targets for Perovskite Photovoltaic Research, Development, and Demonstration Programs

Tribal Climate Resilience Liaisons- North Central, Midwest, Northeast/Southeast CASC Regions $400,000.00

The Secretary of the Interior (Secretary), through Bureau of Indian Affair’s Office of Trust Services (BIA), hereby solicits proposals from tribal non-profit, non-governmental organizations, and tribally controlled colleges or universities, to enter into a cooperative agreement for the support of tribal climate science needs through the hiring of a tribal climate resilience liaison in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs). The agreement provides a mechanism for the BIA to provide the selected Tribal organizations with non-recurring funding for mutually agreed upon tasks in keeping with the climate science needs of the BIA and all tribal communities in the North Central, Midwest, and Northeast/ Southeast CASC regions (learn more and see map of DOI Climate Adaptation Science Centers here: https://www.usgs.gov/ecosystems/climate-adaptation-science-centers). The BIA’s Office of Trust Services, Tribal Climate Resilience Program, will evaluate all proposals and select three tribal organization (one per region) to hire: North Central: up to two* tribal climate resilience liaisons to be hosted at the North Central CASC, Boulder, Colorado**. Midwest: up to two* tribal climate resilience liaison to be hosted at the Midwest CASC, Minneapolis, Minnesota**. Northeast/Southeast (combined): up to two* tribal climate resilience liaison to be hosted at the Northeast CASC, Amherst, Massachusetts** and/or Southeast CASC, Raleigh, North Carolina**. *Final number of liaisons contingent on funding availability. **Final hosting location may be determined between the regional CASC and the selected tribal organizations, but will allow for proximity and communication between the liaison(s) and the CASC. Each tribal organization may also coordinate with the BIA TCRP, the respective regional CASC, and other potential partners to coordinate training activities and support the development and implementation of up to two tribal climate resilience trainings for tribes in the respective region per year, contingent on available funding. Hiring a current employee from within the organization is allowable as long as they meet the minimum qualifications. The successful tribal organization will have 1) various regional and/or national knowledge and familiarity to support all tribes in the service area, 2) functional expertise in areas that are or may be affected by climate change, 3) broad tribal membership regionally or nationally and, 4) the capacity to provide administrative supervision and mentorship for the liaisons, and engage in regular coordination with the CASC. BIA expects to assign one tribal organization to one of three DOI CASC regions in this wave of solicitations, however, this ratio may be modified per circumstances and funding availability. This solicitation contains guidelines and instructions for writing and submitting a proposal to select and hire a tribal climate resilience liaison. BIA will use a competitive evaluation process based on criteria stated in Section F. Categories of Funding, Review Criteria and Evaluation of this notice to select an applicant for funding. If there are questions or further information is required, please refer to the paragraph below on how to contact the BIA Tribal Climate Resilience staff for assistance. Note: A cooperative agreement between the BIA and the selected tribal organization will be completed after this selection process. Once the cooperative agreement is finalized, the successful tribal organization may begin the selection and hiring process for a tribal climate resilience liaison, following the minimum qualifications below and the language of the cooperative agreement- but has the option to hire from within the organization if current employee(s) meet the minimum qualifications.

2021 Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects Program $100,000,000.00

The FAST Act, Public Law 114-94, Section 1123, established the NSFLTP Program to fund nationally significant projects to construct, reconstruct, or rehabilitate transportation facilities within, adjacent to, or accessing Federal and Tribal lands. A strong transportation network is critical to the functioning and growth of the American economy. The Nation’s industry depends on the transportation network to move the goods that it produces, and facilitate the movements of the workers who are responsible for that production. When the Nation’s highways, railways, and ports function well, that infrastructure connects people to jobs, increases the efficiency of delivering goods and thereby cuts the costs of doing business, reduces the burden of commuting, and improves overall well-being.

Research, Development, and Demonstration Opportunities for FY 2022 Solar Manufacturing Incubator Varies

Research, Development, and Demonstration Opportunities for FY 2022 Solar Manufacturing Incubator

FY 2021 Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water $19,000,000.00

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting applications under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) from eligible applicants as described in Section III.A to provide training and technical assistance for small public water systems, small publicly owned wastewater systems, communities served by onsite/decentralized wastewater systems, and private drinking water well owners.1 Training and technical assistance activities provided to these systems, communities, and private drinking water well owners should be made available nationally in rural and urban communities and to personnel of tribally-owned and -operated systems. The proposed activities support the Agency’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 – 2022, Goal 1: A Cleaner, Healthier Environment: Deliver a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment for all Americans and future generations by carrying out the Agency’s core mission, Objective 1.2: Provide for Clean and Safe Water. The EPA’s Strategic Plan is available at www.epa.gov/planandbudget/strategicplan. All applications must be for activities that support the goals and objectives identified above. National Priority Areas identified in this announcement are for:Training and Technical Assistance for Small Public Water Systems to Achieve and Maintain Compliance with the SDWA, including Improving Financial and Managerial Capacity;Training and Technical Assistance for Small Publicly-Owned Wastewater Systems and Onsite/Decentralized Wastewater Systems to Help Improve Water Quality; andTraining and Technical Assistance for Private Drinking Water Well Owners to Help Improve Water Quality.Assisting small systems with their technical, managerial, and financial capacity to achieve long-term sustainability and resiliency is a key priority for the Agency.

Fiscal Year 2022 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics $162,000.00

The National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) was enacted by U.S. Congress in 1966 (amended in 2008, Public Law 110-394) to support federal and state partnerships that harness the intellectual capacity of the nation’s universities and research institutions to solve problems and generate opportunities in coastal communities. This notice announces that applications may be submitted for the 2022 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics. When an interested student is applying, be sure to specify your project’s focus area in your title page: either Population and Ecosystem Dynamics (PED), or Marine Resource Economics (MRE). See Section IV.B, Content and Form of Application, for more information. Population and Ecosystem Dynamics: Sea Grant anticipates funding at least four new Ph.D. fellowships in 2022 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species. Marine Resource Economics: Sea Grant anticipates funding one new Ph.D. fellowship in 2022 to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Offices. The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics meets NOAA’s healthy oceans goal of “marine fisheries, habitats, biodiversity sustained with healthy and productive ecosystems”.

FY 22-24 Fishery Management Council Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements $500,000.00

The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program, 16 U.S.C. §§ 6401-6409, provides financial assistance through the Fishery Management Council Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreements (FMCCRCCA) to the Regional Fishery Management Councils for projects to conserve and manage coral reef fisheries, as authorized under the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000. Projects funded through the FMCCRCCA are for activities that: 1) Provide better scientific information to improve the management of shallow coral reef fisheries and associated essential fish habitat; 2) Work collaboratively with state and territorial fishery management agencies, fishers, local communities, and other key stakeholders to build capacity and support for coral reef fishery management; and 3) Advance ecosystem-based fisheries management though the incorporation of existing data into fisheries management tools. Proposals selected for funding through this solicitation will be implemented through a three-year cooperative agreement. The role of NOAA in the FMCCRCCA is to help identify potential projects to improve sustainable management of shallow coral reef fisheries and ecosystems, strengthen the development and implementation of the projects, and assist in coordination of these efforts with federal, state, territory or commonwealth management authorities and various coral reef user groups. Approximately $1,250,000 is expected to be available for FMCCRCCA in FY 2022. The NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program anticipates that awards will range from $125,000-$500,000/year. Continued funding depends on future appropriations, NOAA/CRCP priorities, and successful recipient performance in the first year(s) of the award.

Integrated Microgrids $3,000,000.00

Section I: Funding Opportunity Description Background: There is a critical need for modular, local, and resilient energy solutions, or microgrids, for organizations operating in austere environments and areas affected by natural disaster. Current practices run these locations on diesel fuel, which incurs high cost and forces large transportation efforts for resupply. The development of integrated microgrids to provide power offers a vital solution. Brief Description of Anticipated Work: The objective of this project is to collaborate with a CESU partner to develop a facility to research, analyze and test new methods of providing resilient energy, integrating food and water systems that improve the effectiveness of the entire energy system. This facility will essentially consist of an open space where newly emerging microgrid technologies can be set up for testing and demonstrations. The intent is for any infrastructure associated to be temporary or modular. The primary component of the facility will be the necessary equipment to supply and monitor electrical loads. This facility will be referred to as the microgrid living laboratory and the intent is that once established the CESU partner, the government and any member of the microgrid industry that has technology to test will be able to access the laboratory. To accomplish these program level objectives, a microgrid living laboratory will be developed at an optimally situated site, with a minimum of 20 acres available to develop, as a collaboration between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and CESU partner. A microgrid living laboratory focuses on real-world solutions to the energy sustainability and energy security problems found in ecosystems world-wide. Examples of modular, portable energy systems to be developed on the site include: energy-efficient, Structurally-Insulated Panel (SIP) huts; a solar array; energy storage; and power generation equipment. Integrated microgrids will give the opportunity to study energy systems as a part of a microgrid living laboratory, accelerating energy research by de-risking and testing techniques before deploying them in the field. ERDC-CERL will combine research performed at the CESU partner’s land with existing research from ERDC Forward Operating Base Laboratory (EFOB-L) and Contingency Basing Integration Training and Evaluation Center (CBITEC) to increase safety and energy resiliency throughout the Army by developing and demonstrating a microgrid living laboratory from a new perspective in a strategic location that is located in an area where there are climate difference and other such variables. Data comparisons of tested technologies will be made to ensure that there is consistency across the locations. EFOB-L and CBITEC are located in the midwestern portion of the United States so a location on the west coast is ideal. The objectives specific to the CESU partner institution are as follows: a. Provide technical oversight and lead the development of the microgrid living laboratory as described above in order to manage federal resources effectively. b. Design a data collection plan for any technology to be tested at the site that is scalable for the industry as a whole, as well as meets DoD requirements, so all data collected can be integrated with existing and future data in order to provide usable knowledge to support informed decision making. c. Provide guidance on infrastructure constructed at the site to ensure they are compatible with infrastructure currently deployed and tested by the industry as a whole, as well as within Army testbeds, in order to create and maintain effective partnerships among federal agencies and universities. Public Benefit: The public will benefit from a microgrid living laboratory by the increase of solutions on new and upcoming technologies within the field of energy security. The data found through this study will have direct correlation with technologies that can be used in humanitarian support as well as providing energy security to public locations in austere environments. The results of this study will also drive decisions made during natural disaster relief by providing viable renewable and resilient energy solutions. The microgrid living laboratory will also drive the development of renewable energy enabling technologies, which provides an opportunity for collaboration across industry, Academia and the DoD. Section II: Award Information Responses to this Request for Statements of Interest will be used to identify potential investigators for studies to be sponsored by the Engineer Research and Development Center to develop a microgrid living laboratory on the minimum of a 20-acre plot of land in west coast region of the United States. The estimated level of funding for FY22 is approximately $3,000,000, to be executed within 12 months after award. Additional funds for this effort are not anticipated at this time. Government Involvement: The government will provide guidance on developing a microgrid living laboratory, provide the insight to design a sustainable infrastructure, and provide guidance on power generation plans. Also, the government will provide a data collection plan that is scalable and consistent with current data collection within the DoD. Section III: Eligibility Information a. Eligible Applicants – This opportunity is restricted to non-federal partners of the Californian and Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Units (CESU). b. Cost Sharing – This action will be 100% funded by USACE. Section IV: Application and Submission Information - Two Phase Process Phase I: Submission of a Statement of Interest/Qualifications: Please provide the following via e-mail attachment to: CERL-CT-Quotes@usace.army.mil (Maximum length: 2 pages, single-spaced 12 pt. font). Name, Organization and Contact Information 2. Brief Statement of Qualifications (including): Biographical Sketch, Relevant past projects and clients with brief descriptions of these projects, Staff, faculty or students available to work on this project and their areas of expertise, Any brief description of capabilities to successfully complete the project you may wish to add (e.g. equipment, laboratory facilities, greenhouse facilities, field facilities, etc.). This must include addressing the need for a minimum of 20 acres of land. Note: A proposed budget is NOT requested at this time. Phase I responses shall be submitted NO LATER THAN noon CST on 12 November 2021. The administrative point of contact is Andrea Thomas, CERL-CT-Quotes@usace.army.mil Based on a review of the Statements of Interest received, an investigator or investigators will be invited to move to Phase II which is to prepare a full study proposal. Statements will be evaluated based on the investigator’s specific experience and capabilities in areas related to the study requirements. Phase II: Submission of a complete application package to include a full technical proposal including budget, if invited. Address to Request Application Package: The complete funding opportunity announcement, application forms, and instructions are available for download at Grants.gov. The administrative point of contact is Andrea Thomas, CERL-CT-Quotes@usace.army.mil 2.Content and Form of Application Submission: All mandatory forms and any applicable optional forms must be completed in accordance with the instructions on the forms and the additional instructions below. SF 424 R&R - Application for Federal Assistance Full Technical Proposal – Discussion of the nature and scope of the research and technical approach. Additional information on prior work in this area, descriptions of available equipment, data and facilities, and resumes of personnel who will be participating in this effort should also be included. Cost Proposal/Budget – Clear, concise, and accurate cost proposals reflect the offeror’s financial plan for accomplishing the effort contained in the technical proposal. As part of its cost proposal, the offeror shall submit cost element breakdowns in sufficient detail so that a reasonableness determination can be made. The SF 424 Research & Related Budget Form can be used as a guide. The cost breakdown should include the following, if applicable: Direct Labor: Direct labor should be detailed by level of effort (i.e. numbers of hours, etc.) of each labor category and the applicable labor rate. The source of labor rates shall be identified and verified. If rates are estimated, please provide the historical based used and clearly identify all escalation applied to derive the proposed rates. Fringe Benefit Rates: The source of fringe benefit rate shall be identified and verified. Travel: Travel costs must include a purpose and breakdown per trip to include destination, number of travelers, and duration. Materials/Equipment: List all material/equipment items by type and kind with associated costs and advise if the costs are based on vendor quotes and/or engineering estimates; provide copies of vendor quotes and/or catalog pricing data. Subrecipient costs: Submit all subrecipient proposals and analyses. Provide the method of selection used to determine the subrecipient. Tuition: Provide details and verification for any tuition amounts proposed. Indirect Costs: Currently the negotiated indirect rate for awards through the CESU is 17.5%. Any other proposed costs: The source should be identified and verified. 3.Application package shall be submitted NO LATER THAN noon CST on 30 November 2021. 4.Submission Instructions: Applications may be submitted by e-mail or via Grants.gov, however e-mail submissions are preferred. Choose ONE of the following submission methods: EMAIL: Format all documents to print on Letter (8 ½ x 11”) paper. E-mail proposal to CERL-CT-Quotes@usace.army.mil with the Funding Opportunity Number clearly identified, preferably in the email subject line. b. Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/: Applicants are not required to submit proposals through Grants.gov. However, if applications are submitted via the internet, applicants are responsible for ensuring that their Grants.gov proposal submission is received in its entirety. All applicants choosing to use Grants.gov to submit proposals must be registered and have and account with Grants.gov. It may take up to three weeks to complete Grants.gov registration. For more information on registration, go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants.html. Section V: Application Review Information Peer or Scientific Review Criteria: In accordance with DoDGARs 22.315(c), an impartial peer review will be conducted. Subject to funding availability, all proposals will be reviewed using the criteria listed below (technical and cost/price). All proposals will be evaluated under the following two criteria which are of descending importance. a. Technical (items i. and ii. are of equal importance): i. Technical merits of proposed R&D. ii. Potential relationship of proposed R&D to DoD missions. b. Cost/Price: Overall realism of the proposed costs will be evaluated. 2. Review and Selection Process a. Categories: Based on the Peer or Scientific Review, proposals will be categorized as Selectable or Not Selectable (see definitions below). The selection of the source for award will be based on the Peer or Scientific Review, as well as importance to agency programs and funding availability. i. Selectable: Proposals are recommended for acceptance if sufficient funding is available. ii. Not Selectable: Even if sufficient funding existed, the proposal should not be funded. Note: The Government reserves the right to award some, all, or none of proposals. When the Government elects to award only a part of a proposal, the selected part may be categorized as Selectable, though the proposal as a whole may not merit such a categorization. b. No other criteria will be used. c. Prior to award of a potentially successful offer, the Grants Officer will make a determination regarding price reasonableness. Section VI: Award Administration Information Award Notices: Written notice of award will be given in conjunction with issuance of a cooperative agreement signed by a Grants Officer. The cooperative agreement will contain the effective date of the agreement, the period of performance, funding information, and all terms and conditions. The recipient is required to sign and return the document before work under the agreement commences. Work described in this announcement SHALL NOT begin without prior authorization from a Grants Officer. 2.Administrative Requirements: The cooperative agreement issued as a result of this announcement is subject to the administrative requirements in 2 CFR Subtitle A; 2 CFR Subtitle B, Ch. XI, Part 1103; and 32 CFR Subchapter C, except Parts 32 and 33. 3.Reporting: See 2 CFR Sections 200.327 for financial reporting requirements, 200.328 for performance reporting requirements, and 200.329 for real property reporting requirements.