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Apply Now for Energy-Efficient Housing Research Partnerships Request for Proposal

May 14, 2010

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America residential research program, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for research teams to support Building America activities. Building America forms research partnerships throughout all facets of the U.S. residential building industry to develop cost-effective solutions that improve the quality and energy efficiency of new and existing homes.

The purpose of this solicitation is to select research teams to develop reliable building energy systems that dramatically reduce the average energy use of housing by 40%–100%. Selected applicants will be required to use a multidisciplinary, team-based research approach. The deadline for proposals is June 21, 2010.

Subject to the availability of funds, NREL anticipates awarding up to fifteen (15) Task Ordering Agreements (TOAs), each with a period of performance of approximately 4 1/2 years. Fixed-price Task Orders will be issued under the TOAs, with the first having a period of performance of 3–9 months. Subsequent Task Orders will have a period of performance of 1 year. Initial funding for Task Orders under each TOA will range from $500,000 to $2.5 million for the first year, with possible funding of up to $5 million for each subsequent year. Cost-shared participation of at least 20% will be required for each Task Order award.

For details and to apply, visit NREL's Business Opportunities Web site.

Visit the Building America Web site for more information about the program's residential research activities, and NREL's Residential Buildings Research Web site to learn about systems integration and energy analysis building projects.