The ARPA-E Newsletter: January 7, 2016 

Plant Root Phenotyping for Soil Carbon Sequestration Teaming Partner List
 
ARPA-E encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form project teams for a planned program. This ARPA-E program would focus on the development of technologies that measure structural and functional properties of plant roots and soils that lead to the development of improved root traits. Specifically, ARPA-E is interested in traits that reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and energy used for crop production by increasing soil carbon storage and improving fertilizer efficiency (nitrous oxide emission reduction).

ARPA-E held a workshop on this topic in July 2015; information on this workshop can be found here. This prospective ARPA-E program will encompass imaging and sensor technology development, functional modeling, genomics, plant breeding, and field screening for advanced cultivars.

ARPA-E is currently compiling a Teaming Partner List to facilitate the formation of new project teams. Learn more about this program and visit the Teaming Partner Registration page to have your organization added to the list. This Notice does not constitute a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); no FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued in February 2016, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

IONICS Teaming Partner List
 
ARPA-E encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form project teams for the Innovation Opportunities in Novel Ion Conducting Solids (IONICS) program. 

This planned ARPA-E program will seek to develop new solid ion conductors that achieve a more complete set of desired properties by overcoming difficult technical tradeoffs that historically have hindered performance and commercial success. The program is aimed at developing solid ion conductors that lead to transformational advances in electrochemical cells that impact ARPA-E mission areas, and will likely operate at the intersection of materials development, materials processing, and device integration.

ARPA-E is currently compiling a Teaming Partner List to facilitate the formation of new project teams. Learn more about this planned program and visit the Teaming Partner Registration page to have your organization added to the list. This Notice does not constitute a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); no FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued in January 2016, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

2016 ARPA-E Energy
Innovation Summit
 Less than 2 Months Away!


 
The 2016 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit agenda has been posted online. ARPA-E will be organizing 30+ panel discussions (including topics on energy storage, bio-manufacturing, grid technologies, and commercialization programs), networking receptions, and technology demonstrations. (Please note the agenda is subject to change). Register TODAY to learn about the latest in cutting-edge energy technology. 

One of the premier attractions at the Summit is the Technology Showcase, in which 250+ energy technologies will be exhibited. The showcase highlights recent ARPA-E awardees and a highly selective group of other companies and research organizations. Click here to explore the companies and research organizations poised to transform our energy future.

ARPA-E Issues RFI on Energy-Efficiency Optimization for Connected and Automated Vehicles

 
ARPA-E has issued a Request For Information (RFI) seeking input from researchers from a broad range of disciplines, including automotive vehicle control, powertrain control, and transportation analytics regarding the development of advanced energy-efficiency optimization technologies for future connected and automated vehicles (CAVs).

These energy-efficiency optimization technologies may include, but are not limited to, advanced technologies and concepts relating to future full vehicle and powertrain control, individual vehicle and powertrain operation, control and optimization facilitated by connectivity, and the reduction of the fuel and/or energy consumed by future individual vehicles undergoing either human operation or automated operation.

Any potential technical solutions that might be of interest to ARPA-E would ultimately require a demonstrable pathway through commercialization and widespread deployment to reduce the energy consumed in the current and/or future vehicle transportation fleet. The information you provide may be used by ARPA-E in support of program planning. For more information and to view the full RFI on ARPA-E Exchange, click HERE. Information should be submitted no later than 2/1/16.

Q&A with ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Chris Atkinson


 
In this Q&A, Dr. Chris Atkinson discusses his background, why he came to ARPA-E, and the possibility of an interdisciplinary solution to creating energy-efficient, automated vehicles. Read the blog on the ARPA-E website HERE

ARPA-E Seeks Technology-to-Market Advisors 
 
ARPA-E is seeking highly motivated technology-to-market experts who have a unique mix of technical, business, and entrepreneurial experience to help create high-impact energy technology development programs and prepare teams and technologies for commercial markets.

Tech-to-Market (T2M) Advisors are expected to have core skills in business development / technical marketing, product development, supply chains, and/or financial analysis. T2M Advisors should also possess excellent coaching and team development skills to guide ARPA-E awardees in the development and execution of technology commercialization strategies.  

To learn more and apply, visit the Job Opportunities page on the ARPA-E website.