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Next Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Auotmated On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR)

Post Date

April 12th 2016

Application Due Date

May 24th 2016

The deadline for Concept Papers is May 24, 2016. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

Funding Activity Categories

Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories


See FOA Section III.A. for eligibility information.


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $250000 - $10000000

Grant Description

Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) Agency Overview: The Advanced Research Projects Agency _ Energy (ARPA-E), an organization within the Department of Energy (DOE), is chartered by Congress in the America COMPETES Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-69), as amended by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-358) to: Я(A) to enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies that result in└ (i) reductions of imports of energy from foreign sources; (ii) reductions of energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases; and (iii) improvement in the energy efficiency of all economic sectors; and (B) to ensure that the United States maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies.Н ARPA-E issues this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) under the programmatic authorizing statute codified at 42 U.S.C. _ 16538. The FOA and any awards made under this FOA are subject to 2 C.F.R. Part 200 as amended by 2 C.F.R. Part 910. ARPA-E funds research on and the development of high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. The agency focuses on technologies that can be meaningfully advanced with a modest investment over a defined period of time in order to catalyze the translation from scientific discovery to early-stage technology. For the latest news and information about ARPA-E, its programs and the research projects currently supported, see: Program Overview: The ARPA-E NEXT-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated on-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) Program seeks to fund the development of new and emerging vehicle dynamic and powertrain (VD&PT) control technologies that can reduce the energy consumption of future vehicles through the use of connectivity and vehicle automation. Potential vehicle energy improvement technologies may include, but are not limited to, advanced technologies and concepts relating to full vehicle dynamic control, powertrain control, improved vehicle and powertrain operation through the automation of vehicle dynamics control functions, and improved control and optimization facilitated by connectivity. These improvements will include the reduction of the fuel and/or energy consumed by future individual vehicles undergoing either human operation or semi- or fully-automated operation, either in isolation or in cooperation with other vehicles. Vehicle connectivity and automated operation hold significant promise to improve safety by reducing vehicle accidents and traffic fatalities in the US, but the full energy efficiency improvements enabled by the adoption of these technologies have not yet been tapped. Reducing the energy intensity of automotive transportation aligns directly with the ARPA-E mission areas of reducing energy imports, improving the efficiency of energy usage and reducing energy-related emissions, while promoting US innovation and competitiveness. The NEXTCAR Program seeks to fund the development of new VD&PT control technologies for reducing the energy (or fuel) consumption of Light-Duty (LD), Medium-Duty (MD) and Heavy-Duty (HD) on-road vehicles. Future fuel and emissions standards such as Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for LD vehicles and NHTSA/EPA Phase 2 fuel efficiency and GHG emissions standards2 for MD and HD vehicles will require substantial fuel efficiency improvements in the vehicle fleet. To obtain a copy of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) please go to the ARPA-E website at ARPA-E will not review or consider concept papers submitted through other means. For detailed guidance on using ARPA-E eXCHANGE, please refer to the ARPA-E eXCHANGE User Guide (

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of Energy

  • Office:

    Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy

  • Agency Contact:

    ARPA-E Contracting Officer

  • Agency Mailing Address:


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  • More Information:

    ARPA-E eXchange

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