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Critical Materials Accelerator DE-FOA-0003155

Sponsor: DOE
Internal Deadline: 12/08/2023
Institutional Submission Limit: 4
Sponsor Deadline: 01/05/2024
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The goal of this FOA is to engage industry in the prototyping and validation of technologies and processes proven at the bench scale to accelerate commercial readiness and adoption. Successful projects will:

    Validate the materials and manufacturing technologies that reduce demand or extend the lifetime of critical materials;
    Enable informed decisions, optimize processes, and build confidence in technology scale up through life-cycle assessment (LCA) and technoeconomic analysis (TEA);
    Address the urgency to meet critical material demand with secure and sustainable critical material manufacturing technologies.

The topics listed in this FOA address specific manufacturing challenges facing critical material supply chains in the U.S.:
    Topic 1 – Use of Magnets with Reduced Critical Materials Content
    Topic 1a – Critical Material Lean/Free Magnets for Clean Energy Technologies
    Topic 1b – Motors and Drivetrains using Critical Material Lean/Free Magnets
    Topic 2 – Improved Unit Operations of Processing and Manufacturing of Critical Materials
    Topic 3 – Critical Material Recovery from Scrap and Post-Consumer Products
    Topic 4 – Reduced Critical Material Demand for Clean Energy Technologies

Limitation notes: An entity may submit only one Concept Paper and one Full Application for each topic area of this FOA.

Cost share must be at least 20% of the total project costs for research and development projects. The cost share must come from non-federal sources


Submission Process

Limited submissions MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research.

If interested in applying for this opportunity, email a two-page project abstract, include at top the project title, PI, and list of key collaborators, as well as a 2-3 page CV/biosketch for the PI (SCiENcv preferred) by 5pm on the INTERNAL DEADLINE above to Julie Morris at

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