Renewables Advancing Community Energy Resilience (RACER)


Event details

Date 25.07.2022  
Category Call for proposal
AIM: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to invest in innovative research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) that accelerates the large-scale development and deployment of solar technology to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and decarbonized energy sector by 2050. Achieving this goal will support the nationwide effort to meet the threat of climate change and ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy.
This funding opportunity focuses on the development and application of solar technologies to improve the resilience of electric power systems and the communities they support. Projects funded under this FOA will focus on community energy resilience. Community resilience can be a comprehensive term that may apply to different critical services such as water, energy, communications, transportation and other types of infrastructure. In the context of this FOA, projects will focus efforts on community energy resilience to investigate the relationship between power systems resilience and community resilience and determine the ability of a community to prepare, recover, and adapt from an event that can cause power or energy disruption. The RD&D activities to be funded under this FOA will support innovative community energy planning methods and technology demonstrations that can increase energy resilience in response to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flooding, high winds, heat waves, wildfires, ice storms, or other events. These events can cause widespread equipment failures and infrastructure damages resulting in sustained power outages, particularly in the distribution grids that directly serve the communities. Innovative approaches to community energy planning and development of resilient clean energy technologies are needed to mitigate the impact of these disruptions to essential services, and increase preparedness to withstand and recover rapidly from these events.

To accomplish RACER’s objective, SETO is interested in the following three topic areas:
  • Innovative Community-Based Energy Resilience Planning.
  • Automation strategies for Rapid Energy Restoration.
  • Innovative Solutions to increase the resilience and Hardening of PV Power Plants.
For more information about these topic areas and potential partners, you may refer to this page.

DEADLINE: The application process will include two phases: a Concept Paper phase (6 pages maximum) and a Full Application phase. Only applicants who have submitted an eligible Concept Paper will be eligible to submit a Full Application. Concept papers must be submitted by May 26, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET. Submission Deadline for Applications is July 25, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET.

ELIGIBILITY: EPFL researchers are eligible to participate as subawardee or as a prime if they possess skills, resources and abilities that do not exist among potential applicants in the U.S. Let the Research Office know if you wish to apply as a prime and if a waiver is needed.

HOW TO APPLY: Get in touch with potential partners in the U.S. if you wish to participate as a partner in a collaborative project. To apply as a prime, applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange at , EERE’s online application portal.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please refer to the DE-FOA-0002597 (teaming partner list and Q&A are available) and contact the Research Office for any question and assistance. An information webinar will be held on 27.04.22 at 1:00 PM ET.


Practical information

  • General public
  • Free