Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy makes funding available through competitive funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), published on Grants.gov and the EERE Exchange. To get started, watch DOE's Information Session Series with recorded videos explaining the VTO FOA process and application components.

Securing project funding is critical to the success of Clean Cities and Communities efforts to implement alternative fuels, advanced vehicle technologies, and fuel-saving strategies. Funding opportunities are available from many sources inside and outside the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) has awarded more than $570 million through the Technology Integration Program to fund hundreds of projects across the country that advance deployment of efficient and sustainable transportation technologies. Clean Cities and Communities stakeholders have played critical roles in the success of these projects. Learn more about funded projects.

Open Funding Opportunities

Current funding opportunities that may be of interest to Clean Cities and Communities stakeholders, including VTO funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) issued by the U.S. Department of Energy, are listed below when available. To suggest adding a funding opportunity to this list, contact us.

Technology Commercialization Fund Open Voucher Call

The $2.1 million Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) Open Voucher Call will help facilitate the commercialization of scientific discoveries by helping to identify pathways by which technological breakthroughs can make their way to market. Although a variety of technologies will be considered, applicants are encouraged to leverage the capabilities and initiatives of national laboratories when developing their ideas so they can further develop their technology alongside the national lab. This single-phase open voucher call will award up to 21 teams a voucher of up to $100,000 to be redeemed at one of eight national laboratories.

Type: Voucher
Program: DOE Office of Technology Transitions and the Technology Commercialization Fund
Application Deadline: Oct. 3, 2024
Eligibility: Private entities (for-profits and nonprofits); non-federal government entities such as states, counties, tribes, and municipalities; academic and research institutions; and individuals, subject to the requirements detailed in the official TCF Open Voucher Call rules.

Notice of Intent To Issue FY24 VTO Batteries and Electrification Funding Opportunity Announcement

The anticipated FOA targets Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) research and development projects potentially including:

  • Demonstration of Smart Charge Management for Electric Vehicles
  • Improved 12 Volt Lead Acid Batteries for Safety-Critical Electric Vehicle Applications
  • Develop Vehicle or Structural Level Strategies to Reduce the Likelihood of the Cascading Effects of Electric Vehicle Fires
  • Battery Electrode, Cell, and Pack Manufacturing Cost Reduction
  • Silicon-Based Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries
  • High Energy Density Conversion Cathodes

Tentative FOA issue date: July/August 2024

Type: NOI
Program: DOE Vehicle Technologies Office

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program Round 2

The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to solicit applications for the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program) established under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (“Bipartisan Infrastructure Law” or “BIL”). In addition, funds under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program 10 percent set-aside, also established by BIL, will also be awarded under this NOFO. The CFI Program provides two funding categories of grants: (1) Community Charging and Alternative Fueling Grants (Community Program); and (2) Charging and Alternative Fuel Corridor Grants (Corridor Program). CFI Program investments will make modern and sustainable infrastructure accessible to all drivers of electric, hydrogen, propane, and natural gas vehicles. The CFI Program offers up to $1.3 billion under this NOFO.

Type: Grant
Program: DOT Federal Highway Administration
Application Deadline: Aug. 28, 2024
Eligibility: State governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), public and state controlled institutions of higher education, public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification), county governments, city or township governments, special district governments

Roll-to-Roll Consortium Cooperative Research and Development Agreement

Through this development assistance opportunity, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office seeks proposals for joint partnerships between laboratories in the Roll-to-Roll (R2R) Consortium—National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories—and qualified partners to accelerate domestic manufacturing and reduce the capital cost of durable and high-performing fuel cells and water electrolyzers.

Up to $8 million in DOE funding is available to develop scalable, affordable manufacturing processes and characterization tools that address manufacturing challenges relevant to proton exchange membrane fuel cells and water electrolyzers. Alkaline-based systems may also be of interest if the proposed activities are within the existing capabilities of the R2R Consortium.

Type: CRADA
Program: DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office
Concept Deadline: June 3, 2024
Application Deadline: July 15, 2024
Eligibility: Eligibility for the prime applicant is limited to organizations that currently develop and manufacture components, devices, systems, and/or applicable manufacturing equipment in the listed topic areas for commercial applications or that will be able to manufacture products as a direct result of the efforts of the CRADA. Prime applicants must have domestic manufacturing facilities or demonstrate proof of commitment to establish manufacturing in the U.S.

WASTE: Waste Analysis and Strategies for Transportation End-Uses funding opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office announced up to $17.5 million in federal funding to develop cost-effective strategies for communities to sustainably manage and recover potential clean energy sources from their waste streams. The WASTE: Waste Analysis and Strategies for Transportation End-Uses funding opportunity announcement will support municipalities and transit authorities with waste-to-energy solutions for converting organic waste into feedstocks for various clean transportation fuel products that can benefit local energy economies.

Type: FOA
Program: DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office and Vehicles Technologies Office
Concept Deadline: June 19, 2024
Application Deadline: Aug. 14, 2024
Eligibility: See the announcement for a table of eligible applicants

Notice of Intent to Issue SuperTruck Charge FOA

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a notice of intent to fund projects that would provide innovative research, development, and demonstration of concepts for delivering charging solutions for trucks. The opportunity also supports approaches for load management and delivery of grid services that alleviate grid capacity challenges at charging installations for medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles. The SuperTruck Charge program will focus on demonstrating technologies to accelerate the widespread buildout of the charging infrastructure necessary for battery electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Tentative FOA issue date: June 2024

Type: NOI
Program: DOE Vehicle Technologies Office

Communities Taking Charge Accelerator

The Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, through the U.S. Department of Energy, has made available $54 million in new federal funding for projects that will expand community e-mobility access and provide clean reliable energy. The funding will drive innovation in equitable clean transportation and is aligned with strategies detailed in the U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization. This program will make strategic investments at the local level that address key barriers to expanding access to electrified mobility options for individuals without home charging; accelerate the transition to electrified fleets; and mature the implementation of managed charging systems to mitigate impacts and optimize usage of the grid.

Type: FOA
Program: Joint Office of Energy and Transportation
Concept Deadline: May 20, 2024
Application Deadline: July 16, 2024
Eligibility: The following types of domestic entities are eligible to participate as a prime recipient or subrecipient of this FOA: 1. Institutions of higher education; 2. For-profit entities; 3. Non-profit entities; and 4. State and local governmental entities and Indian Tribes.

FY2024 Vehicle Technologies Office Research & Development Funding Opportunity Announcement

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks research projects to address priorities in the following areas: the increase in energy density of battery cells containing phosphate-based cathodes; the development of innovative technologies capable of significantly decreasing greenhouse gases; the production and manufacturing of new high-performance E–steels using domestic resources; the advancement of state of the art Na-ion batteries; the improvement of efficiency and convenience of the mobility-system using V2X; the development of planning tools and/or models to identify, quantify, and assess the impact of convenience strategies on regions and/or communities; addressing vulnerabilities and potential cybersecurity threats posed by the nature of EVs and charging infrastructure integrated with the grid, to improve fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions with the goals of carbon pollution free electricity by 2035 and net-zero of GHG emissions by 2050.

Type: FOA
Program: DOE Vehicle Technologies Office
Concept Deadline: May 2, 2024
Application Deadline: June 24, 2024
Eligibility: The following types of domestic entities are eligible to participate as a prime recipient or subrecipient of this FOA: 1. Institutions of higher education; 2. For-profit entities; 3. Nonprofit entities; and 4. State and local governmental entities and federally recognized Indian Tribes.

Connect with a Clean Cities and Communities coalition for information about current or potential Clean Cities and Communities project partnerships and relevant funding opportunities.

FOAs are also listed on Grants.gov, the portal for numerous grant programs administered by federal government agencies, and the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Exchange for all EERE FOAs.

Requests for Information also create an opportunity for Clean Cities and Communities partners to share information that may be used for planning and decision-making purposes, including but not limited to determining potential new areas of focus, funding opportunities, analyses, and organizational frameworks.

Laws and Incentives

The Alternative Fuels Data Center maintains a comprehensive database of Federal and State Laws and Incentives related to alternative fuels and vehicles, air quality, fuel efficiency, and other transportation-related topics.

Other Funding Opportunities

Transportation-related funding opportunities from organizations and federal agencies outside of DOE are listed below. Some of the government agencies listed have ongoing funding opportunities available; others issue funding notices periodically or assist in forming partnerships that can provide funding opportunities for transportation-related projects.

U.S. Department of Transportation

EERE Exchange

EERE Exchange is an informational hub that hosts funding opportunities administered by DOE's EERE. EERE Exchange is the only location where organizations can apply for EERE funding opportunities online. Search for open funding opportunity announcements on EERE Exchange.

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Funding: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides funding for emissions and idle reduction devices, vehicle replacements, and alternative fuel options and other strategies that reduce diesel emissions.
  • Grants and Funding Opportunities: EPA provides links to grant programs and information about applying for EPA grants.
  • EPA Regions: EPA regional offices can issue funding for projects in their respective geographic areas.
  • Environmental Education Grants Program: EPA's Office of Environmental Education supports projects that enhance public awareness, knowledge, and skills to help citizens make informed decisions that affect environmental quality.
  • EPA Research Grants: This website contains EPA funding opportunities for research, as well as past and present research projects.

Grants.gov

Grants.gov is an information hub for numerous funding opportunities administered by federal government agencies. Grants.gov allows organizations to search and apply for competitive funding opportunities online. Search for open funding announcement opportunities on Grants.gov.

National Science Foundation

  • Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC): The National Science Foundation's S&CC program supports the creation of scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities. The program provides funding for a variety of integrative research areas including energy and transportation and mobility.

State Energy Offices

State energy offices research, demonstrate, and support the adoption of alternative fuel, renewable energy, and energy-efficient technologies; spur energy-related economic development; and promote energy security and emergency preparedness. These offices can help you identify potential sources for project funding. Find your state energy office from the National Association of State Energy Officials website.

Additional Funding Opportunities

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Requests for Information

Current transportation-related Requests for Information are listed below when available. To suggest adding a Request for Information to this list, contact us.