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Energy Department Announces Call for Proposals for High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites industry to submit proposals for Spring 2020 solicitation for high performance computing projects that improve manufacturing processes, address products’ lifecycle energy consumption, and increase the efficiency of energy conversion and storage technologies.

The Trump Administration has prioritized the use of high performance computing to solve critical national challenges. In March 2020, President Donald J. Trump announced the launch of the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium to provide COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world’s most powerful high performance computing resources that can significantly advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus. This unique public-private consortium - spearheaded by the White House, DOE, and IBM - includes government, industry, and academic leaders. For additional information about the COVID-19 High Performance Computer Consortium, including information about how to submit a proposal for that program please follow visit the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium website.

Strengthening the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector is a top priority for the Trump Administration and will be critical to America’s economic recovery,” said Alex Fitzsimmons, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency. “DOE’s High Performance Computing for Manufacturing program allows industry to access advanced computing resources within the DOE National Laboratories to address key manufacturing challenges.”.

The HPC4Mfg Program is one component of the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, which is led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

HPC4EI conducts two regular solicitations annually, one in the fall and one in the spring. The Spring 2020 solicitation invites qualified industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects with DOE National Laboratories that address key manufacturing challenges by applying modeling, simulation, and data analysis. The solicitation will encourage applicants to partner with universities and non-profit organizations located within federally designated Opportunity Zones and/or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Eligibility for the program is limited to entities that manufacture products or operate systems in the U.S. for commercial applications and organizations that support them. Selected projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support computing cycles and work performed by DOE National Laboratories, universities, and non-profit partners. All DOE National Laboratories are eligible to participate. The industry partner must provide a participant contribution of at least 20% of the total project funding.

DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is the primary sponsor of the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing program. AMO partners with private and public stakeholders to advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing and promote American economic growth and energy security.

Topics of interest specific to the office supporting this solicitation are below.

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DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office(AMO) within Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is the primary sponsor of the HPC4Mfg Program. FE and EERE’s VTO and Building Technologies Office (BTO) also sponsor select projects in this portfolio.

Of particular interest to AMO are:

  • Improvements in manufacturing processes which result in significant national energy savings. Examples include:
    1. Process improvements in high-energy consuming industries such as paper and pulp, primary metal manufacturing, water and wastewater, glass and chemical industries;
    2. Improvements in material performance in harsh service environments such as very high temperature or highly corrosive processes;
    3. Integration of advanced object recognition and other machine learning algorithms (e.g. sortation, defect detection) into high throughput industrial processes;
    4. Improvements in modeling prediction and closed-loop control for smart manufacturing systems (e.g. advanced sensors and process controls); and
    5. Improvements in separation and processing for critical materials (e.g. rare earth elements).
  • Improvements in the lifecycle energy consumption of products of interest to AMO. Examples include:
    1. Improvement in jet engine efficiency could save significant energy over the lifecycle of the engine;
    2. Improved materials and shape optimization for light-weighting in transport technologies;
    3. Semiconductor electrical efficiency; and
    4. Increased recycling and reuse of end-of-life and waste associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing.
  • Efficiency improvements in energy conversion and storage technologies. Examples include:
    1. Improvements in combined heat and power units which save significant energy;
    2. Novel energy storage and energy conversion techniques; and
    3. Improvements in waste heat recovery.

 

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May 14, 2020

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Solicitations

Spring 2020 Solicitation

Spring 2020

Solicitation Timeline

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Event Date
Call for proposal May 5, 2020
Concept paper due June 30, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. (PT)   deadline extended  

Informational Webinar

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May 14, 2020 9:00 a.m. (PT)

May 20, 2020 11:30 a.m. (PT)

Request for full proposal Mid August 2020
Full proposal due Late September 2020
Finalists notified Late November 2020
Expected project start February 2021
Submitting Concept Paper

Please apply to this opportunity by using the HPC4EI Proposal System. Applicants are required to create a user account, complete an electronic application, and upload concept paper as a PDF file. Applicants can also monitor proposal status using the proposal system.

If you need assistance contact Michelle Herawi at (925) 423-4964 or hpc4ei-submissions@llnl.gov

Download Concept Paper

Submit Concept Paper

Spring 2020

Solicitation Steps

Step 1

Read the solicitation

Read the solicitation document for details on the types of projects we are seeking in this round.

View solicitation document

Step 2

Attend the webinar

Attend one of our informational webinars to get all the details on the solicitation process.

Step 3

Review the CRADA document

If your proposal is selected, you will need to complete a CRADA. Review the form to be sure your company is able to commit to the agreement.

Step 4

Complete your concept paper

Use our concept paper template form to complete your concept paper.

Step 5

Submit your concept paper

Please use the submission tool.
If you need assistance contact Michelle Herawi at (925) 423-4964 or hpc4ei-submissions@llnl.gov

Deadline: June 30, 2020 5:00 p.m. PT

Step 6

Committee review

The HPC4EnergyInnovation committee will review all submissions and notify those who have been selected to continue the proposal process.

Step 7

Complete your full proposal

Use our full proposal template form to complete your proposal.

Step 8

Submit your full proposal

Please use the submission tool.
If you need assistance contact Michelle Herawi at (925) 423-4964 or hpc4ei-submissions@llnl.gov Deadline is Late September, 2020.

Deadline: Late September 2020

Step 9

Committee review

The HPC4EnergyInnovation committee will review all submissions and present the selected project to DOE.

Step 10

DOE approves selections

DOE will review the selected projects and approve the final projects.

Step 11

Awardees announced

The HPC4EnergyInnovation program will notify the selectees and announce the winners September 2020.

Step 12

Projects begin

The selected projects will begin December 2020.