Conservation Research and Development

To conduct a balanced, long-term research effort in Buildings Technologies, Industrial Technologies, Freedom Car and Transportation Technologies and Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Infrastructure Technologies.

Grants will be offered on a competitive basis to develop and transfer various energy conservation
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technologies to the nonfederal sector.

Examples of Funded Projects

Grants have been awarded to perform: (1) Research on high performance heat pumps; (2) research on thermally efficient commercial buildings; (3) research on vehicle technologies and systems (4) research on high temperature materials; and (5) research on industrial separation processes.

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Program Accomplishments

Numerous awards for ongoing research and development projects are made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance may be used in the form of cooperative agreements, or grants to nonprofit institutions and organizations to develop and transfer energy conservation technologies to the scientific and industrial communities, States, and local governments.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, State and local governments may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, State and local governments benefit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the website at

Award Procedures

All applications which pass an initial review will receive an objective merit review. The objective merit review will be based on evaluation criteria set forth in the competitive solicitation or criteria set forth in 10 CFR Part 600 for Unsolicited Proposals. Evaluations will be conducted by Renewable Energy Technology program personnel at DOE Headquarters in Washington, DC. This responsibility may also be delegated to DOE Field Offices. Final decisions will be made by the EERE Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretaries, and the Director of the Federal Energy Management Program.


Deadlines are identified in the solicitation.


Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Laws 95-911 and 97-377; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 120 days.




Grants may be modified or extended.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula, but cost sharing is encouraged.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Award project periods range from 2 months to 2 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly progress and expenditure reports, and a final report at the conclusion of the grant time period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.



Financial Information

Account Identification

89-0215-0-1-999; 89-0224-0-1-271;


FY 07 $71,883,456; FY 08 est $35,000,000 and FY 09 est $39,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The following list represents an overview of regulations, guidelines, and literature: EERE Federal Register notices; EERE Solicitations, which may be accessed through the EERE homepage at:; DOE Financial Assistance Regulations (10 CFR 600); and the DOE Guide to Financial Assistance, both of which may be accessed through the DOE Office of Management home page at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of Building Technologies (EE-2J); Office of Industrial Technologies (EE-2F); Freedom Car and Transportation Technologies (EE-2G) and Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Infrastructure Technologies (EE-2H), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC, 20585. Telephone: EE-2J - (202) 586-8038; EE-2F - (202) 586-5264; EE-2G - (202) 586-2198; EE-2H - (202) 586-2480.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection will be based on an objective merit review, program policy factors, the availability of funds, provisions of appropriation law and reports and as otherwise specified in specific solicitation document(s).

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