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Next Generation Steelmaking Research and
Development

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
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Department of Energy, All Departmental Locations, All DOE Federal Offices
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  • Original Grant - Jan 31, 2005
Applications Due:

Mar 31, 2005
To ensure awards can be negotiated, funded, and placed in FY05.

total funding: $4,500,000
max award: $1,100,000
min award: none
cost sharing, matching: Yes
number of awards: 5
type of funding: Grant
Description:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Golden Field
Office (GO) is seeking
applications for Next Generation Steelmaking process concept definition
studies
and research in the specific process areas of integrated iron and
steelmaking,
electric arc steelmaking, or steel reheating. There can be up to two
phases to
the agreement. The purpose of Phase I is to conduct next generation concept

definition studies to perform the technical analyses, conduct early-stage
laboratory experiments to define the technology concepts, and identify the
technical hurdles and process scale-up issues. The intent is to facilitate
the
steel industry in its efforts to define new concepts for the next
generation of
advanced steel processes. The result of Phase I is a report with
substantial
technical and business analyses with supporting data to validate the
feasibility of the concepts and provide the information that the industry
needs
to better understand and plan for a more energy efficient and productive
future. These results will also be used as input to a go/no go decision
for
the second phase. Phase I should be completed within one year.
The purpose of Phase II is to conduct the research and development
necessary to
take the validated technology concept to a developmental state through
field-test and make ready for commercialization activities. It will also
generate the supporting data relevant to the concept for sound investment
decisions by the steel industry and its process equipment suppliers. It
should
be completed within three years of a go decision. Applicants may propose
to
skip Phase I and proceed directly to Phase II; however, in this case the
applicant must also provide all information and results that would be
generated
under a Phase I activity. This includes all supporting data to
substantiate
the technical feasibility and business viability of the concept as well as
identifying the technical, production scale-up, and manufacturability
concerns.

The energy savings benefits of the developed concepts must be realized in
the
steel manufacturing process, not in end-use applications. Approximately
$100,000 of federal funds in fiscal year 2005 is estimated to be available
to
start all of the selected studies. DOE anticipates making one to five
awards
each with a maximum contract duration of four years. The agreements will
be
awarded in accordance with DOE Financial Assistance regulations, Title 10
of
the Code of Federal Regulations, 10 CFR 600. Award of a financial
assistance
agreement under this Funding Opportunity Announcement does not commit the
Government to fund any follow-on research. Successful applicants will be
required to submit quarterly and final reports to DOE and to participate in

annual portfolio reviews.

Please note that applications need to include go/no go decision points with
the
first decision point occurring at the end of Phase I. A second go/no go
decision point needs to be shown within the 12-18 months after the project
start date of Phase II. This first decision point in Phase II will become
the
end date of the first budget period of Phase II. Subsequent budget periods
in
Phase II should also be structured around major milestones and incorporate
go/no-go decision points at approximately one year intervals for the
remainder
of the project in Phase II. The applicant must demonstrate to DOE that it
has
met the identified objectives tied to the go/no-go decision point before it
can
proceed to the next phase or budget period. DOE will use these go/no go
decision points to determine if the project will be continued to the next
phase
or budget period based on portfolio review results as well as funding
availability. DOE may appoint a peer review or technical review panel to
assist in evaluating the technical progress of each project and make
recommendations to DOE regarding the project. Due to the limited amount of

anticipated future fiscal year funding, it is anticipated that some
projects
will not be continued after the end of each budget period, notwithstanding
the
technical progress made during that budget period, even if all anticipated
objectives have been met or exceeded.

Who can apply:

Unrestricted

Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Conservation Research and Development

More Information:

Click
here to view the Opportunity

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If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact: Matthew Barron

Address Info:

U.S. Department of Energy, Golden Field Office, 1617
Cole Boulevard Golden, CO 80401

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