Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Multi-Topic FOA

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary 

The U.S. manufacturing sector uses 25% of the nation’s energy and has an annual energy bill of more than $130 billion. In addition, advancements in manufacturing impact the energy efficiency of products used throughout the economy. To drive manufacturing innovation and spur job creation, AMO supports the development of technologies that significantly improve energy efficiency in manufacturing as well as foundational, cross-cutting manufacturing processes, information, and materials technologies critical to efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing. AMO’s goals are to stimulate technology innovation, improve the energy productivity of U.S. manufacturing, and enable the manufacture of cutting-edge products in the United States.

AMO supports innovative advanced manufacturing applied R&D projects that focus on specific high-impact manufacturing technology and process challenges. AMO invests in foundational energy-related advanced manufacturing processes (where energy costs are a determinant of competitive manufacturing) and broadly applicable platform technologies (the enabling base upon which other systems and applications can be developed). The competitively selected projects from this FOA will focus on developing next-generation manufacturing material, information, and process technologies that improve energy efficiency in energy intensive and energy dependent processes, and facilitate the transition of emerging cost-competitive energy technologies to domestic production.

The AMO intends to fund high-impact, early to mid-stage research in the following topic areas:

Topic 1: Innovations for the Manufacture of Advanced Materials

  • Subtopic 1.1: Accelerate the Manufacturing Process Design and Development Cycle for Advanced Energy Conversion and Storage Materials
  • Subtopic 1.2: Innovative Manufacturing Processes for Battery Energy Storage
  • Subtopic 1.3: Materials and Manufacturing Process Development of Nanocrystalline Metal Alloys
  • Subtopic 1.4: Process-Informed Science, Design, and Engineering of Materials and Devices Operating in Harsh Service Conditions

Topic 2: Lower Thermal Budget (LTB) Processes for Industrial Efficiency & Productivity

  • Subtopic 2.1: Advances in Industrial and Process Drying
  • Subtopic 2.2: Thermal Process Intensification 

Topic 3: Connected, Flexible and Efficient Manufacturing Facilities and Energy Systems

  • Subtopic 3.1: Medium-Voltage Power Conditioning Systems to Enable Grid Dispatchable and Resilient Manufacturing Facilities
  • Subtopic 3.2: High Power to Heat Ratio, High Efficiency Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
  • Subtopic 3.3: Verification and Validation of CHP and District Energy


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 22, 2018

DOE Concept Paper Deadline: 3:00pm MST June 20, 2018

DOE Full Application Deadline: 3:00pm MST August 29, 2018

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (2 pages maximum)
  • PI CV
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit:


Applicants to Subtopic 2.2: Thermal Process Intensification must propose a research partnership or consortia. A research partnership or consortium is a collaboration of two or more entities to conduct research with the objective of developing solutions to a problem or a challenge common to the entities by pooling their resources for achieving a common goal. The lead entity for the research partnership or consortia must qualify as an “Eligible Applicant” as defined in Section III.A. Further, the partners or consortia members must also meet the eligibility requirements for subrecipients. See Section III.A. for full eligibility details.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An entity may only submit one Concept Paper and one Full Application for each subtopic area of this FOA.

Award Information

Tier 1 - up to $500,000 for up to 2 years - concept definition and proof of concept projects are limited to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2 and TRL 3 activities.

Tier 2 - up to $4,000,000 for up to 3 years (up to $12,000,000 for Subtopic 1.2 and up to $10,000,000 for Subtopic 2.2) – Tier 2 projects can include activities in Tier 1, but must also include scope to bring the technology to later stage TRLs.