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ARPA-E's Vision OPEN 2024: A New Era in Energy Innovation

By Daniel Kolos

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a division of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has launched the Vision OPEN 2024 funding opportunity, signaling a significant investment in the future of energy technology. The OPEN program is designed to support high-risk, high-reward research projects that have the potential to radically transform how energy is generated, stored, and used. By fostering innovation across a broad spectrum of energy technologies, ARPA-E aims to catalyze the development of breakthrough solutions that can address critical energy challenges and enhance the nation’s economic and energy security.

Key Dates

  • Issue Date: May 22, 2024

  • Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: July 16, 2024, 9:30 AM ET

  • Submission Deadline for Full Applications: TBD

  • Expected Date for Selection Notifications: April 2025

ARPA-E Open Funding Amounts

ARPA-E anticipates allocating approximately $150 million for new awards under this program, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. Individual awards may range from $250,000 to $10 million in federal share, with a total of 30-50 awards expected.

ARPA-E Open Program Goals and Topics

Vision OPEN 2024 is structured around three main goals:

  1. GHG-Free Abundant Primary Energy: This goal focuses on innovations that provide abundant primary energy sources free from greenhouse gas emissions. This encompasses advancements in renewable energy, nuclear power, and other clean energy technologies.

  2. Intermodal Energy Superhighway: Aiming to revolutionize the energy grid, this goal seeks to create a seamless, integrated energy infrastructure that efficiently transports and distributes energy from diverse sources.

  3. Carbon as a Sustainable Building Block of the Future: This goal targets technologies that utilize carbon in sustainable ways, promoting the development of carbon-neutral or carbon-negative materials and processes.

These goals are designed to spur groundbreaking research and development across a broad spectrum of energy technologies, ensuring that the U.S. remains at the forefront of global energy innovation.

Connecting to ARPA-E's Greater Vision

ARPA-E’s Vision OPEN 2024 is more than just a funding opportunity; it represents a strategic effort to address some of the most pressing energy challenges of our time. By supporting high-risk, high-reward projects, ARPA-E aims to bridge the gap between fundamental science and market-ready technologies. This initiative embodies ARPA-E’s commitment to accelerating the transition to a sustainable energy future, fostering economic growth, and enhancing energy security.

Vision OPEN 2024 presents an exciting opportunity for innovators and researchers to contribute to the next generation of energy solutions. By leveraging ARPA-E’s support, participants can help shape a sustainable, secure, and prosperous energy future for the nation.

Our team at Akela Consulting specializes in grant writing and can provide you with the expertise and support needed to craft a compelling application. Whether you’re at the early proof-of-concept stage or ready for initial demonstrations, we are here to assist you every step of the way.

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions about the Vision OPEN 2024 program. We are more than happy to discuss how your innovative ideas can align with ARPA-E’s goals and to help you take the first steps toward securing this transformative funding.

For detailed information on eligibility, application procedures, and submission guidelines, potential applicants should refer to the full Funding Opportunity Announcement on the ARPA-E website. And remember, Akela Consulting is here to help you turn your vision into reality. Contact us today to get started!


About the Author

Daniel Kolos is the co-founder and Vice President of Akela Consulting. With extensive experience in securing non-dilutive funding for innovative startups, Daniel has successfully guided companies through the complex landscape of government funding programs. His expertise and dedication make him a trusted advisor for companies looking to secure grants and drive technological innovation.

About Akela Consulting

Akela Consulting specializes in helping small businesses secure government funding to drive technological innovation. Our expertise spans grant writing, proposal management, and strategic consulting across various federal funding programs. At Akela, we pride ourselves on delivering personalized support to help our clients succeed. With a proven track record and a commitment to excellence, Akela Consulting is your partner in unlocking federal funding opportunities.

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