The Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM) announces a request for project proposals in support of experimental, theoretical, and commercial efforts to advance deployment of earth abundant materials and recycling that will enable clean energy and low-carbon transportation technologies to grow without the adverse environmental and human rights impacts associated with critical materials.

Successful proposals will work to address one or more of the following challenges:

  • Ensuring clean energy and transportation technologies are aligned with sustainable material supply chains by eliminating or drastically reducing critical material challenges
  • Developing and deploying new technologies that address critical materials issues in the emerging hydrogen and e-fuels economy to support the new CHARGE initiative
  • Effective deployment of earth abundant material alternatives for critical materials including rare earths and conflict minerals - specifically those relevant in clean energy and transportation applications
  • Deployment of novel recycling programs or processes to effectively reduce the demand for virgin critical materials and/or conflict minerals

We seek project ideas from private and public entities where JCDREAM seed grant funding will act as a bridge to the next level of progress. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to demonstrate their efforts to assess the technology readiness level (TRL) of the proposal, identify future funding opportunities, expand their collaborative networks, and engage in private/public partnerships to move towards deployment of new technology. Example uses of funds may include equipment (up to $5,000), wages, user fees, travel, consulting services, and more.

Award Size: $5,000 - 25,000

Award Availability: 6-7 awards available (contingent upon the award size of top proposals)

Period of Performance: Concludes at the end of the fiscal year - June 30, 2022



We held an Information Session on March 16th, 2021. View the recording here.

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Submit a Proposal
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