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National Geothermal Database: This announcement has been amended to change the due to from February 3, 2009 to January 29, 2009. There are also changes made to the Phase I - Data Collection Plan and Database Proof of Concept , which are included on the Amendment 001 page. A link to the full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is found by scrolling to the bottom of this page under the section Full Announcement and Other Files . Initial funding for this award is listed at $1,300,000 in FY 2009; with additional anticipated funds of $3,700,000 in FY 2010 through FY 2013 for a total of $5,000,000; subject to change and Congressional appropriations. Please see the entire FOA (link below) for detailed funding information. The role of renewable energy alternatives has become increasingly important to the national energy landscape as energy security and climate change dominate the U.S. energy policy debate. Geothermal energy has the potential to emerge as a capable alternative to conventional energy resources due to its renewable baseload capabilities, little to no carbon emissions, and affordability relative to other alternative energy technologies. In early 2008, DOE GTP initiated the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Strategies Report to analyze the risks involved with geothermal energy development, which can be found at the following link: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/geothermal/pdfs/geothermal_risk_mitigation.pdf. The report proposed mitigation strategies to overcome barriers to development and enable additional investment in conventional and Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS). As a result of the risk mitigation strategies proposed in the report, GTP is initiating an effort to create a web-based National Geothermal Database that will serve as a central repository for all publically accessible geothermal data. While domestic geothermal resource, power plant, and institutional barrier data (such as transmission infrastructure access, risk mitigation mechanisms, and policy information) is the primary focus of data gathering, international data sources may also be included when such knowledge would contribute to the development of domestic geothermal resources. This announcement is authorized under provisions of Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 931(a)(2)(C). The National Geothermal Database will store critical geothermal site attribute information such as temperature at depth, seismicity/microseismicity, fracture maps, drilling data, permeability data, well logs, geophysical surveys, etc. The database should be inclusive of all types of geothermal resources such as hydrothermal, geopressured, Enhanced Geothermal Systems, geothermal fluids coproduced with oil and/or gas, etc. It should also utilize information from existing USGS geothermal resource assessments and DOE funded R D projects. This standardized set of geothermal resource data will be made available to the public and serve to focus geothermal exploration activities, thereby mitigating investment risks. It is expected that wherever possible the recipient will collaborate with private companies to gain access to historical drilling information. DOE envisions creating an expansive, useful, user-friendly database that will continue to operate beyond the project period, even after all DOE funds have been expended. Data will be organized such that criteria useful in assessing and identifying sites with the best geothermal resource potential can be defined. The will be organized using a set of common metrics for assessing and comparing geothermal resources and include a standard financial risk classification system in order to provide geothermal prospectors with information needed to make the most informed decisions possible on the potential for success at specific locations. Additionally, an interactive mapping capability is preferred as part of the database which will utilize user-friendly overlays of pertinent site criteria in three main areas geothermal resource, institutional barrier (i.e. transmission lines), and power plant data. GTP is seeking to award one cooperative agreement, for a five year period, on a competitive basis that addresses all items mentioned above. Funding for each subsequent phase beyond the first (as described below) will be conditional on a DOE stage gate review with positive determination that the next project phase may advance based on successful completion of the prior phase. Recipient cost share is not required, but is encouraged and may be used as a Program Policy Factor. Domestic applicants are eligible to apply including institutions of higher education, non-profit and for-profit private entities, State/Local Governments, and Indian tribes. Any of the previously mentioned entities, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and federal agencies will be allowed as subcontractors. Consortia of any of the groups listed previously will be given greater consideration. DOE envisions that the project will include the following phases, at a minimum: Phase I Data Collection Plan and Database Proof of Concept Phase II Database Prototype Phase III Working Database Establishment Phase IV Database Operation and Maintenance Please see the entire FOA, linked at the bottom of this page, for the complete description of work by phases and related requirements. Applications for this Funding Opportunity Announcement must be accessed, completed, and submitted through Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov to be considered for award. Questions regarding the content of the announcement should be submitted through the Submit Question feature of the DOE Industry Interactive Procurement System (IIPS) at http://e-center.doe.gov. 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