Single-windowpane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs (SHIELD) – SBIR/STTR

Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001429
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
CFDA Number: 81.135
Eligible Applicants Small businesses
Agency Name: DOE-ARPAE
Closing Date: Nov 18, 2015
Award Ceiling: $3,225,000
Expected Number of Awards: 4
Creation Date: Oct 06, 2015
Funding Opportunity Description: Agency Overview: The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), an organization within the Department of Energy, is chartered by Congress in the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-69), as amended by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-358), to support the creation of transformational energy technologies and systems through funding and managing Research and Development (R&D) efforts. Originally chartered in 2007, the Agency was first funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that are too risky for the private sector and that, if successfully developed, will create the foundation for entirely new industries. Successful projects will address at least one of ARPA-E’s two Mission Areas: 1. Enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies that result in: a. reductions of imports of energy from foreign sources; b. reductions of energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases; and c. improvement in the energy efficiency of all economic sectors. 2. Ensure that the United States maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies. SBIR/STTR Program Overview: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are Government-wide programs authorized under Section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. § 638). The objectives of the SBIR program are to (1) stimulate technological innovation in the private sector, (2) strengthen the role of Small Business Concerns in meeting Federal R&D needs, (3) increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal R&D activities, (4) foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged and women-owned Small Business Concerns, and (5) improve the return on investment from Federally funded research and economic benefits to the Nation. The objective of the STTR program is to stimulate cooperative partnerships of ideas and technologies between Small Business Concerns and partnering Research Institutions through Federally funded R&D activities. ARPA-E administers a joint SBIR/STTR program in accordance with the Small Business Act and the SBIR and STTR Policy Directives issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). ARPA-E provides SBIR/STTR funding in three phases (Phase I, Phase II, and Phase IIS). Program Overview: The ARPA-E Single-pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs (SHIELD) program seeks to reduce this consumption by funding the development of energy-efficient and cost-effective retrofits for the substantial remaining stock of single-pane windows in the U.S. ARPA-E analysis indicates that a fully successful single-pane retrofit campaign will reduce total building energy consumption by 1.2 quads, or 1.3% of domestic energy use. As envisioned in this SHIELD program, it will also address the water condensation and occupant discomfort that are associated with single-pane windows in cool climates. SHIELD will support research on three broad technology categories. The first category will enable products that are applied onto existing windowpanes. The second is for manufactured windowpanes with similar weight and thickness to current panes, and that could be installed as replacements for existing windowpanes without necessitating replacement of the sash in which the pane is mounted. For both of these research categories, the program’s primary goals are to develop cost-effective technologies (i) to improve the thermal insulation (U-factor) and (ii) to reduce cold weather condensation of single-pane windows. A secondary goal of the SHIELD program is to develop synergistic improvements in window performance such as soundproofing that would make these window retrofits highly desirable to building occupants and owners. ARPA-E envisions that these technologies will be used in both the residential and commercial building sectors, and that the impact of the retrofits on the appearance of the window will be minimal. In addition to the two categories for comprehensive technology development, as a third category, SHIELD will support proof-of-principle development of innovative components that will enable superior performance in the first two technology categories. To obtain a copy of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) please go to the ARPA-E website at ARPA-E will not review or consider concept papers submitted through other means. For detailed guidance on using ARPA-E eXCHANGE, please refer to the ARPA-E eXCHANGE User Guide (



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