As part of the ongoing effort to reduce national energy consumption through high-efficiency building technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the availability of up to $15 million in funding to advance research, development, and market adoption of Solid-State Lighting (SSL) technologies. The department will select two to eight projects that will help accelerate the adoption of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic LED (OLED) products, which have the potential to significantly reduce energy use and limit carbon emissions.

DOE is soliciting SSL manufacturing R&D projects that will achieve significant cost reductions through improvements in manufacturing equipment, processes, or monitoring techniques. This will allow DOE to accelerate the creation of a U.S.-led market for high-efficiency light sources that save more energy, reduce costs, and have less environmental impact than conventional light sources.

The FOA is open to applications in the following program areas:

  • LED Luminaire/Module Manufacturing
  • LED Driver Manufacturing
  • LED Test and Inspection Equipment
  • Tools for Epitaxial Growth of LEDs
  • LED Wafer Processing Equipment
  • LED Packaging
  • LED Phosphor Manufacturing and Application
  • OLED Deposition and Patterning Equipment
  • Integrated Manufacturing and Quality Control of OLEDs
  • OLED Materials Manufacturing
  • Back-End OLED Panel Fabrication
To view the complete SSL U.S. Manufacturing (Round 2) funding opportunity, visit FedConnect, click on "Search Public Opportunities," and search on Reference Number DE-FOA-0000334. Funding is subject to congressional appropriations.

For more information on DOE's Solid-State Lighting Program, visit the Solid-State Lighting Web site.