I keep myself involved in many conversations around these subjects and wanted to share some great news. The Building Technologies Office (BTO) Emerging Technologies Program (ETP) has announced the availability of $8 million USD for Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001383, “Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2016.” BTO seeks to fund three Innovations topics and two Frontiers topics to support our efforts to reduce the energy use of commercial and residential buildings. In addition, a supplemental section will provide a maximum of $100K/year to encourage partnerships between universities and for-profit companies.
This is great news for those who have ideas that have not yet been implemented. Especially in cases where the prime reason for not implementing the ideas is funding related.
The Innovations section will support:
- Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings
- Human-in-the-Loop Sensor & Control Systems
- Infiltration Diagnostic Technologies
- Plug and Play Sensor Systems
- Advanced Air-Sealing Technologies for Existing Buildings
Details are as follows:
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: January 29, 2016
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: April 18, 2016
Informational Webinar: December 21, 2015, 2:00 PM ET