The Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) supports high impact projects that can significantly advance its mission to develop more energy efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that enable America to use less petroleum. VTO is strongly committed to partnerships to help ensure the eventual market acceptance of the technologies being developed. New funding opportunities are announced regularly.
Vehicle Technologies Office Funding Opportunities
- Active Funding Opportunities: Funding opportunities that are currently open for application
- Past Funding Opportunities and Selections
- National Energy Technology Laboratory: NETL provides funding opportunities for a variety of energy and environmental research and development programs.
Learn more about VTO's current research (Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Batteries, Fuel Efficiency and Emissions, and Alternative Fuels), or view VTO’s future plans and roadmaps to learn about specific technical goals.
The Small Business Innovations Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are research and development initiatives across the federal government specifically targeting small businesses. Businesses that win SBIR or STTR awards keep the rights to any technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize it. VTO, through broader Department of Energy efforts, supports SBIR/STTR to increase commercialization of technology developed through DOE-supported research and development, stimulate innovation in the private sector, and improve the return on investment from federally funded research.
In addition to DOE funding opportunities, there are a variety of state and local incentives and tax credits listed on the Alternative Fuels Data Center that support the use of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.
Clean Cities also provides information on other programs outside of DOE that fund alternative fuel deployment projects, such as those at the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Clean Cities network of coalitions also provides technical assistance to public and private stakeholders to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.