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Vehicle Technologies Office Funding Opportunities

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.

Open Funding Opportunities

To explore current financial opportunity solicitations, click on the opportunity titles in the table below.

Technology Solicitation Title Open Date Close Date
Vehicle Technologies

Fiscal Year 2016 Vehicle Technologies Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement (on and EERE Exchange)

June 6, 2016

Required concept papers: July 6, 2016

Full application: August 29, 2016

Note: Official notices of solicitations can be found at or the EERE Exchange website. To view all current solicitations for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, see the Solicitations for Business, Industry and Universities page. This list is for information only—it may not be inclusive of all solicitations. Funding amounts and schedule dates are subject to change.

Closed Funding Opportunities

The following FOAs are listed by title, FOA number, and fiscal year. When available, there is a link to the original FOA and the press release announcing the projects that were competitively selected.  As these are the original press releases, some project details may have changed.

Additional information on funded projects is available in the presentations from the Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation. Results from research and development projects are available in the Annual Reports. Data from the 2009 Transportation Electrification projects is also on the Advanced Vehicle Testing Activity page and information about the Clean Cities deployment projects are on the Clean Cities Funded Projects page.

Fiscal Year (FY) 2014
  • Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-in Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure – DE-FOA-0000451 – Projects Selected
  • Graduate Automotive Technology Centers of Excellence – DE-FOA-0000442
  • FY 2011 Program-Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement – DE-FOA-0000239 – Projects Selected
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act): Systems Level Technology Development, Integration and Demonstration for Efficient Class 8 Trucks (SuperTruck) and Advanced Technology Powertrains for Light-Duty Vehicles –  DE-FOA-0000079 – Projects Selected
  • Recovery Act: Clean Cities FY09 Petroleum Reduction Projects for the Transportation Sector – DE-PS26-09NT01236-00 – Projects Selected
  • Recovery Act: Transportation Electrification – DE-FOA-0000028 – Projects Selected
  • Recovery Act: Electric Drive Vehicle Battery and Component Manufacturing Initiative – DE-FOA-0000026 – Projects Selected

Other Funding Opportunities

  • National Energy Technology Laboratory provides funding opportunities for a variety of energy and environmental research and development programs.
  • 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.
  • The Small Business Vouchers program through the Department of Energy's national laboratories provides U.S. small businesses with unparalleled access to the expertise and facilities of its national laboratories.
  • In addition to DOE funding opportunities, there are a variety of statelocal, and federal incentives, including 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.