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U.S. DOE Lithium Extraction & Conversion from Geothermal Brines

Grant information

What: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s $12 million Lithium extraction and Conversion from Geothermal Brines research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) opportunity supports the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. This funding opportunity looks to advance the development of a domestic lithium supply chain to support the White House’s goals of 505 adoption of electric vehicles and to reach 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035, which will be supported by stationary storage. The funding opportunity will leverage the technology and capabilities of academia including Minority Serving Institutions, entrepreneurs, research laboratories, and industry including small businesses.

DOE is looking for projects in two topic areas:

  1. Field Validation of Lithium Hydroxide Production from Geothermal Brines
  2. Applied Research & Development for Direct Lithium Extraction from Geothermal Brines

Potential Applicants:

  • Institutions of higher education;
  • For-profit entities;
  • Non-profit entities;
  • DOE National Laboratories;
  • Non-DOE National Laboratories;
  • State, local, and tribal governments; and
  • Federal agencies and instrumentalities other than DOE.
  • Prime recipients and subrecipients must be domestic entities, absent a waiver. To qualify as a domestic entity, the entity must be incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular State or territory of the United states with majority domestic ownership or control and have a physical place of business in the United States.

How Much:

  • ~$5 million for 1-2 awards for Topic 1 with 50% cost share requirement
  • ~$500K for 2-4 awards for Topic 2 with 20% cost share requirement


Concept papers due December 9, 2022

Full applications due January 31, 2023

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