The ARPA-E Newsletter: January 7, 2015

Pitch Your Innovation to Top Investors!

If you are running an innovative energy technology startup or a research project with commercial potential, apply to the Future Energy Pitching Session at the upcoming ARPA-E Summit. You could get the opportunity to pitch your idea to a panel of top investors from Shell Technology Ventures, GE Energy Ventures, Lux Capital and SJF Ventures.  

Hosted by Ultra Light Startups, Future Energy is a great opportunity to get investor feedback, generate exposure for your ideas, and make connections to get to the next level. Apply today—applications are due at 11:59 p.m. ET TOMORROW, January 8

Visit the ARPA-E Summit website for additional information and to apply.

Discount Summit Registration Rates End TOMORROW 

Over 2,000 of your fellow energy innovators from across industry, government, and academia will be convening February 9-11 at the Gaylord National Convention Center outside Washington, DC to network, share ideas and collaborate on moving new technologies to market. 

We recently added several new exciting keynote speakers to this year’s Summit lineup, including new ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen Williams, SunEdison President and CEO Ahmad Chatila, Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata, and Cummins CTO John Wall. This year’s Summit will also feature extended Technology Showcase hours and even more opportunities to network with the best and brightest minds in energy innovation. 

Visit the ARPA-E Summit website to view the updated online agenda and to reserve your spot at the preeminent energy innovation event of the year. Hurry! Discount Summit registration rates expire TOMORROW, Thursday, February 8.  

$125M Open Funding Opportunity 

Today, ARPA-E issued a $125 million open Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Called OPEN 2015, this FOA will support the development of potentially disruptive new technologies in all areas of energy research and development, for both transportation and stationary applications. 
OPEN 2015 is the third open funding solicitation in ARPA-E’s history. Open solicitations ensure that ARPA-E does not miss opportunities to support potentially transformational projects outside the scope of existing ARPA-E programs. The projects selected under OPEN 2015 will pursue novel approaches to energy innovation and support the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. 

The deadline to submit a Notice of Intent for OPEN 2015 is 5 p.m. ET on February 20, 2015. For more information, including the full FOA, please visit available ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.

ARPA-E and Local Motors Present the LITECAR Challenge

In collaboration with Local Motors, ARPA-E is offering $150,000 for its LITECAR (LIghtweighting Technologies Enabling Comprehensive Automotive Redesign) Challenge. The challenge encourages scientists, designers, engineers, fabricators, and innovators to create a lightweight and safe vehicle using novel technologies. Submissions should offer new conceptual strategies and approaches in materials, vehicle structures, and vehicle design, but are not limited to these categories. 
ARPA-E is particularly interested in solutions focused on reducing the vehicle curb weight while maintaining or exceeding current automotive safety standards. Additionally, the vehicle must be a sedan configuration passenger car that accommodates five passengers, and it must rely on existing transportation infrastructure. Awards will be made to one or more applicants, and the top applicant will receive $60,000. The competition recently opened, and runs through March 5, 2015. For more information on the LITECAR Challenge and to apply, visit the Local Motors website.