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The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) at the U.S. Department of Energy funds high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E awardees are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store, and use energy. ARPA-E projects have the potential to radically improve U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and environmental wellbeing. We focus on transformational energy projects that can be meaningfully advanced with a small amount of funding over a defined period, typically two to four years.


Approximately every three years, ARPA-E issues OPEN Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) as a means to address the full range of energy-related technologies and fund those potentially disruptive technology concepts not currently supported through an ARPA-E focused FOA. ARPA-E supports transformational energy research that can be meaningfully advanced with a small investment over a defined period of time.


A broad variety of projects will be welcomed, and examples include electricity generation by both renewable and non-renewable means; electricity transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing and commerce, and personal use; and all aspects of transportation, including the production and distribution of both renewable and non-renewable fuels, electrification, and transportation energy efficiency. For examples of past OPEN projects, click here

The OPEN 2018 Concept Paper deadline was Friday, February 16 at 9:30am ET. The terms of the FOA are controlling - these web pages are only a partial summary of the FOA requirements
  1. Read through the current version of the OPEN 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
  2. Learn more about past OPEN projects to better understand the types of projects ARPA-E funds.
  3. Explore the OPEN 2018 teaming partner list to see what organizations and experts may be interested in partnering to further your technology.
  4. Register to apply for this FOA via ARPA-E eXCHANGE, ARPA-E’s online application portal. For detailed guidance on using ARPA-E eXCHANGE, please refer to the ARPA-E eXCHANGE User Guide.
  5. The OPEN 2018 Concept Paper deadline was Friday, February 16 at 9:30am ET. Please refer to the FOA for Concept Paper guidelines.
  6. ARPA-E will review your Concept Paper and may encourage you to submit a Full Application. Please refer to the FOA for more information.


ARPA-E aims to bring together different technical communities to solve big energy challenges and fill the gaps or “whitespace” in a field. We strongly encourage scientists from different disciplines and technology sectors to come together for interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries. This enables and accelerates the achievement of extremely hard-to-reach outcomes, making the impossible possible.

ARPA-E is compiling a Teaming Partner List for OPEN 2018 to facilitate the formation of new project teams and encourage collaboration. Teaming partners include organizations and individuals who can offer expertise, facilities, or other complementary resources toward a potential ARPA-E project. The teaming list identifies partners’ capabilities as well as their areas of interest, understanding that expertise and experience in one field can often be applied successfully to a new field. This list is completely voluntarily to participate in and utilize. ARPA-E will not identify or facilitate connections through the teaming list, but encourages researchers to reach out to other potential partners themselves to explore teaming opportunities. Please read the full terms of the Teaming Announcement, which can be found on ARPA-E eXCHANGE