DOE RFI Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation. Due 3/27/23.
DOE RFI Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public and stakeholder input on the Department’s first-ever agency-related Foundation. Authorized by President Biden’s bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation (FESI) will support DOE to carry out its critical mission to ensure America's continued security and prosperity through transformative science and technology solutions. A key aim of FESI is to accelerate the commercialization of new and existing energy technologies by raising and investing funds through engagements with the private sector and philanthropic communities. The Foundation will help DOE provide additional resources, tools, and capacities for potential partners and communities across the country—supporting solutions-driven research and innovation that strengthens America’s energy and national security while helping achieve the Biden-Harris Administration's ambitious clean energy goals.
Since 1959, twelve agency-related independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations have been created, which have averaged a return of $67 for every dollar in federal contributions. Once established, FESI will bring the potential for greater flexibility and efficiency to how the Department supports a broad portfolio of energy research, commercialization, coordination. and support to a variety of stakeholder groups. FESI will help foster public-private partnerships, invest in companies commercializing critical energy technologies, support underrepresented groups and regions responding to DOE funding opportunities, and tackle a wide variety of systemic and distributed federal, state, and local deployment challenges.
This RFI seeks input on how DOE may engage with FESI and the communities it will serve, as well as how stakeholders will engage with the foundation directly. To help identify and prioritize opportunities for DOE to engage and partner with FESI, DOE is seeking information from potential stakeholder groups including, but not limited to:
Philanthropic and non-profit organizations
DOE’s National Laboratory foundations
Potential investors in companies developing technologies aligned with the DOE mission
Industry stakeholders, especially those representing diverse regions, sectors, and communities
Other potential stakeholders or collaborators
The information provided through this request will help to inform DOE’s efforts to formally establish FESI, which is targeted to be completed by September 2023. This is solely a request for information and is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement, and the Department will not accept applications to this RFI. Additionally, the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will soon release a public call for qualified candidates to be vetted to serve on FESI’s inaugural Board of Directors.
March 27, 2023
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