The summary for the MOSIAC SBIR/STTR grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
MOSIAC SBIR/STTR: Micro-Scale Optimized Solar-Cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration (MOSAIC)(SBIR/STTR)

Agency Overview:
The Advanced Research Projects Agency ? Energy (ARPA-E), an organization within the Department of Energy, 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 support the creation of transformational energy technologies and systems through funding and managing Research and Development (R&D) efforts. Originally chartered in 2007, the Agency was first funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The mission of ARPA-E is to identify and fund research to translate science into breakthrough energy technologies that are too risky for the private sector and that, if successfully developed, will create the foundation for entirely new industries.

Successful projects will address at least one of ARPA-E?s two Mission Areas:

1. Enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies that result in:
a. reductions of imports of energy from foreign sources;
b. reductions of energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases; and
c. improvement in the energy efficiency of all economic sectors.

2. Ensure that the United States maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies.

Program Overview:
The MOSAIC (Micro-scale Optimized Solar-cell Arrays with Integrated Concentration) Program will fund potentially disruptive technologies and related system concepts to achieve new performance and cost benchmarks for solar-electric generation from photovoltaics (PV). Specifically, MOSAIC will develop novel concepts that integrate arrays of high-performance micro-scale concentrated PV (micro-CPV) elements into modules that are similar in profile and cost to traditional non-concentrated ?flat-plate? (FP) PV, but achieve the performance level associated with conventional Concentrated Photovoltaics (CPV). Realization of the aggressive targets of MOSAIC will require the formation of R&D teams from several communities, including material scientists, electrical and packaging engineers, optical engineers, micro-scale manufacturing specialists, and researchers in polymers and opto-electronics.

The MOSAIC Program?s overall technical target is solar-to-electrical power conversion efficiency (as measured against total annual incident solar radiation) of > 30% across a wide range of geographic locations with varying amounts of direct and diffuse insolation. This would represent an approximately 50% improvement over conventional ?1-sun? FP PV module performance. Such an advance will significantly reduce the area and number of modules needed to provide a given power output ? and thereby reduce those Balance of System (BOS) costs associated with installation and maintenance that are proportional to installed system area. If micro-CPV-based panels achieve production costs comparable to those of 1-sun conventional panels (now roughly $100/m2), then the benefit from reduced BOS costs will lead to system costs as low as $0.75/W and $1.25/W for utility and residential market applications, respectively, resulting in a decrease in the PV-generated Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) acr
oss a wide geographic domain. Further, the significant reduction in the footprint needed for a given power output may also expand the adoption of PV solar in the constrained-space rooftop market, where many roofs are currently too small, too shaded, or sub-optimally oriented for installation of today?s PV panel technology to be economical.

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 (
Federal Grant Title: MOSIAC SBIR/STTR
Federal Agency Name: Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0001256
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 81.135
CFDA Descriptions: Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy
Current Application Deadline: Jan 22, 2015 Applicants are strongly encouraged t
Original Application Deadline: Jan 22, 2015 Applicants are strongly encouraged t
Posted Date: Dec 8, 2014
Creation Date: Dec 8, 2014
Archive Date: Aug 1, 2015
Total Program Funding: $10,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $3,225,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 7
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Small Business Administration (SBA) rules and guidelines regarding SBIR/STTR program eligibility govern eligibility to apply to this FOA. For information on program eligibility, please refer to SBA?s ?Guide to SBIR/ STTR Program Eligibility? available at

A Small Business Concern may apply as a Standalone Applicant or as the lead organization for a Project Team. If applying as the lead organization, the Small Business Concern must perform at least 66.7% of the work under the award in Phase I and at least 50% of the work under the award in Phase II and Phase IIS (as applicable), as measured by the Total Project Cost.

See FOA DE-FOA-0001256 Section III. for Eligibility Information.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Grant Announcement Contact
Renee E. Sperling

Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy 202-287-1878
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