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Updated 1 December, 2003
Request for Information and Statement of Interest
Announcement for Federal Business Opportunities
November 19, 2002
In response to the President's commitment of the United States to develop a sensible, science-based approach to the issue of climate change, facilitate progress toward achieving climate change goals, near-term and long-term, and implement the President's National Climate Change Technology Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy is considering funding research, through a series of competitive solicitations, aimed at exploring concepts, technologies and technical approaches that could, if successful, contribute in significant ways to: (a) future reductions in or avoidances of greenhouse gas emissions; (b) greenhouse gas capture and sequestration (permanent storage); (c) capture and conversion of greenhouse gases to beneficial use; or (d) enhanced monitoring and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions, inventories and fluxes in a variety of settings.
With respect to the issue of climate
change, greenhouse gases are gases that, when emitted to and concentrated
in the Earth's atmosphere, may contribute to climate change. The most
important of the greenhouse gases (GHGs) that arise from human activities
is carbon dioxide (CO2), resulting mainly from the oxidation
of carbon-containing fuels, materials or feedstocks; cement manufacture;
or other chemical or industrial processes. Other sources of GHGs include
methane from waste landfills, mining, agricultural production, and natural
gas systems; nitrous oxide (N2O) from industrial and agricultural
activities; fluorine-containing halogenated substances (e.g., HFCs,
PFCs); sulfur hexafluoride (SF6); and other GHGs from industrial
sources. Gases falling under the purview of the Montreal Protocol are
excluded. For further information on greenhouse gases and sources,
see: Inventory of
On June 11, 2001, and on February
14, 2002, in two policy addresses on the issue of climate change,
the President reaffirmed
Competitive Solicitation and Criteria
If pursued, the competitive solicitation program for the National Climate Change Initiative would involve the award of tens of millions of dollars in research grants or other forms of financial assistance for research over multiple years. If pursued, the competitive solicitation would be open to all proposers in order to encourage the broadest possible participation. All proposals would be subject to merit review by peer evaluation. Renewal of awards would be possible, contingent upon research progress and continuing technological potential. Awards would be made on the basis of merit, as measured against published criteria, likely to include: relevance to climate change goals and research objectives, technical merit, and quality of the research team, including institutional support, as may be appropriate.
This announcement is not a Request for Proposals and shall not be construed as a commitment by the Government to award a contract or contracts at this time.
Request for Information
Interested parties are invited to submit a Statement of Interest of no more than five pages. This Statement would: (a) indicate the party's interest in participating in such a solicitation, should it be pursued, and include the party's name, telephone number, mailing and email addresses; (b) outline briefly a specific idea, concept, technology or technical approach that may meet the goals and criteria outlined above; and (c) provide information concerning the party's ability to perform the research services required, which may include qualifications of leading members of the research team and information on the availability of research equipment and facilities needed to complete the work.
Submissions shall be received or post-marked not later than January 31, 2003. Submissions of ideas or concepts will be treated with confidentially and used only as a basis for formulating a future solicitation. Elaborate or lengthy submissions (longer than five pages) are not welcome. Any information provided beyond that requested will not be reviewed. All submissions meeting these stipulations will be reviewed, but no replies will be forthcoming.
Interested parties may submit the requested information and Statement of Interest by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org ; or by regular mail to: Climate Change Technology Program Office, Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20585. Future information about this or other potential solicitations will be posted on the DOE Business Opportunities Page, FedBizOpps, and the DOE home page.
References (with links to Internet web sites)
The President's major policy addresses on climate change, including information on near- and long-term climate change goals:
Department of Energy R&D Program Office Web Sites, including information on climate change-related research activities:
DOE National Laboratory Web Sites, links to Climate Change Technology R&D
DoD Web Sites, Related to Climate Change Technology
DOC/NIST/NOAA Web Sites, Related to Climate Change Technology