Fossil Energy Research and Development

The mission of the Fossil Energy (FE) Research and Development program is to promote the development and use of environmentally and economically superior technologies for supply, conversion, delivery, utilization and reliability constraints of producing and using fossil fuels.

These activities
will involve cooperation with industry, DOE Laboratories, universities and States.

Success in this mission will benefit the Nation through lower energy costs, reduced environmental impact, increased technology exports, and reduced dependence on insecure energy sources.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Membrane Process to Sequester CO2 From Power Plant Flue Gas; Demonstration of Mer-Cure Technology for Enhanced Mercury Control; Investigation of Hydrogen Fueled Internal Combustion Engine; Promote Increase Use of U.S.

Clean Coal and Energy Technologies Collaboration and Transfer; Critical Energy Issues in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Other Regions; and Clean Energy Collaboration to Further Global Energy Security and Emissions Reduction.

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.

Office - National Energy Technology Laboratory, Acquisition & Assistance Division; P.O.

Box 10940, Mail Stop 921-107, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, PA; 15236-0940.

For Unsolicited Proposals, E-mail John Augustine at

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Southern States Energy Board $ 1,415,662   2020-10-012025-09-30
Ak Supply, Inc, $ 77,120   2018-09-302022-12-31
Leland Stanford Junior University, The $ 400,000   2018-09-102022-09-09
Old Dominion University $ 400,000   2019-09-012022-08-31
Florida International University $ 400,000   2019-09-012022-08-31
University Of North Dakota $ 400,000   2019-09-012022-08-31
New Mexico State University $ 470,000   2018-09-012022-08-31
Trustees Of The Colorado School Of Mines $ 400,000   2018-09-012022-08-31
North Carolina Agricultural And Technical State University $ 400,000   2019-08-152022-08-14
University Of North Dakota $ 399,238   2019-08-012022-07-31

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, 869 financial assistance actions were processed including new awards and amendments.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Emphasis is on applied research and technology development.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, local governments, universities, governmental entities, consortia, nonprofit institutions, commercial corporations, joint Federal/Industry corporations, U.S.

Territories, and individuals are eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, State, local governments, universities, consortia, nonprofit institutions, commercial corporations, joint Federal/Industry corporations, and individuals will benefit.


Prior successful research and development experience in the fossil energy field and related areas.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

For competitive announcements, the applicant should follow the procedures listed in the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the web-site.

In the case of Unsolicited Proposals, DOE encourages potential submitters to consult with program personnel before an extensive effort is expended in preparing a detailed proposal.

For construction under demonstration projects, an environmental impact statement/assessment is required in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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 web-site: Unsolicited Proposals (USP) should be submitted in accordance with the instructions posted at the following web site: This program is subject to the provisions of 10 CFR 600 and FAR 15.6.

Award Procedures

DOE solicitations sets forth award procedures. Unsolicited proposals will be evaluated by DOE personnel assigned to the specific area with peer reviews as required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.


None for USP. For others the deadline is stated in the financial assistance opportunity announcement (FOA) posted at


Public Law 95-91 DOE Organization Act of 1977, as amended by Public Law 109-58 Energy Policy Act 2005. Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-557; Energy Policy and Conservation Act, Public Law 94163.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 to 180 days.




Awards may be amended or extended as required.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Varies with each grant/cooperative agreement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The time period for a grant or cooperative agreement is dependent upon the individual project submitted.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly progress and financial reports are required.

The final scientific/technical report is due within 90 calendar days after the grant or cooperative agreement project period ends.


Possible project audit, overhead rate audit, final closeout audit. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations." Non-federal entities that expend $500,000 or more of federal funds within their fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year in accordance with this Circular. For commercial (for-profit) organizations, audits should be performed in accordance with 10 CFR 600.126(c) and/or 10 CFR 600.316.


Required by grant/assistance award document.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 $470,065,442; FY 08 est $400,976,553; and FY 09 est $568,130,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$10,000 to $10,000,000/Average: $2,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

DOE Assistance Regulations, 10 CFR 600; Federal Acquisition Regulation 15.6, Unsolicited Proposals; Guide to Unsolicited Proposals:

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

National Energy Technology Laboratory, Acquisition & Assistance Division; P.O. Box 10940, Mail Stop 921-107, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, Pittsburgh, PA; 15236-0940. For Unsolicited Proposals, E-mail John Augustine at

Headquarters Office

Department of Energy, Fossil Energy Program, Maria Jones, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Mail Stop FE-3, Washington, D.C. Contact: Telephone: (202) 586-1890 or

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) Technical merit; (2) priority of technical work relating to proposal; (3) relevance to current program objectives; (4) cost-benefit judgment; and (5) amount of cost-sharing by potential recipient.

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