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For energy systems integration research, NREL offers partners access to an award-winning, state-of-the-art lab space and specialized scientists and engineers to help move new technologies forward.

The Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) was designed to be a connection point where industry, academia, and government could work together on the most complex and important global energy challenges of our time.

ESIF Call for High-Impact Project Proposals

Applications are currently being accepted for potential high-impact projects at the ESIF that will enhance innovation in the private sector and develop scalable technologies that satisfy the goals of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Grid Modernization Initiative. The Grid Modernization Initiative aims to develop the concepts, tools, and technologies needed to measure, analyze, predict, protect, and control the grid of the future. DOE may provide up to $250,000 per project to match selected applicant's cost-shared contribution for laboratory services and research and development support.

To be considered a high-impact project, applications must meet all five of the criteria:

  • Use multiple grid technologies, such as energy storage, wind, solar, hydrogen, or building technologies
  • Address the challenges outlined in the Grid Modernization Multi-Year Program Plan
  • Exhibit high impact on the companies and regions it supports
  • Demonstrate national scalability
  • Offer valuable lessons learned for nationwide implementation.

View the ESIF Call for High-Impact Projects or the posting on the Federal Business Opportunities website for more information on how to apply. Proposals will be accepted until January 27, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST.

For questions, contact Please submit your questions no later than 5 p.m. EST on January 25, 2017. Questions submitted after this time will not be addressed. NREL is also hosting a 1-hour informational webinar on January 17, 2017. Register to attend the webinar by visiting the ESI events page and following the webinar link to sign up.

View the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

See a list of frequently asked questions related to the ESIF Call for High-Impact Projects.

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