DOE Announces Funding Opportunity for Solid-State Lighting U.S. Manufacturing Support (Round 3)

September 26, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a solid-state lighting (SSL) funding opportunity on September 26, 2011. Under this funding opportunity, DOE seeks applications for projects to advance research, development, and market adoption of SSL technology. The funding is directed toward the existing DOE SSL R&D program area for Manufacturing Research and Development, to establish the U.S. as a global manufacturing leader and to help create jobs here at home.

DOE is soliciting SSL manufacturing R&D projects that will achieve significant cost reductions through improvements in manufacturing equipment, processes, or monitoring techniques. Projects should address the technical challenges that must be overcome before prices fall to a level where SSL will become competitive with existing lighting on a first-cost basis. By advancing these activities, DOE can accelerate progress toward creating 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.

Potential applicants should note that applications are due by December 15, 2011.

For more information on the new funding opportunity, visit the DOE website at