The Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS) 2023 funding opportunity will award $6.5 million for seedling R&D projects that focus on innovative and novel ideas in photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP). Announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), they are seeking projects that are and are “riskier than research ideas based on established technologies”.

This topic area will support small, focused projects investigating the applicability and robustness of novel ideas in CSP. Responsive concepts include all aspects of CSP plants with thermal energy storage, as well as solar-thermal industrial process heat innovations and solar-thermal fuel systems.

Key dates

  • Submission deadline for full applications: June 1, 2023, 5 p.m. ET. Expected date for EERE Selection: October 2023
  • Expected timeframe for award negotiations: Fall 2023

This funding opportunity announcement is expected to be re-issued annually and applicants will be provided the opportunity to submit new applications for consideration.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/1/2023 5:00 PM ET

Download the full funding opportunity on the EERE Exchange website.