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Grants to USA IHEs, Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Agencies for Projects to Improve the Electric Grid

Grid Resilience Innovation Partnership (GRIP) Program: Smart Grid Grants

GrantWatch ID# 206853
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Grid Deployment Office
Funding or PIN Number: DE-FOA-0002740
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Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/29/22
LOI Date: 12/16/22
Deadline: 03/17/23 5:00 PM ET

Grant Description
Grants to USA IHEs, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, and tribes for projects to improve the electric grid. Applicants must submit a concept paper prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase efficiency, improve safety, and integrate renewable energy into the electric power system.

Part of the Grid Resilience Innovation Partnership (GRIP) programs, Smart Grid Grants is designed to increase the flexibility, efficiency, and reliability of the electric power system, with particular focus on:

  • Increasing transmission capacity and operational transfer capacity: Grid enhancing technologies such as dynamic line rating, flow control devices, advanced conductors, and network topology optimization, to improve system efficiency and reliability.
  • Improving the visibility of the electrical system to grid operators: Help quickly rebalance the electrical system with autonomous controls through data analytics, software, and sensors.
  • Enhance secure communication and data flow between distribution components: Investments in optical ground wire, dark fiber, operational fiber, and wireless broadband communications networks.
  • Aggregation and integration of distributed energy resources and other “grid-edge” devices to: Provide system benefits, such as renewable energy resources, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, vehicle-to-grid technologies and capabilities, and smart building technologies.
  • Enhancing interoperability and data architecture of systems: Support two-way flow of both electric power and localized analytics to provide information between electricity system operators and consumers.
  • Anticipate and mitigate the impacts of extreme weather or natural disaster on grid resiliency: Investments to increase the ability to redirect or shut off power to minimize blackouts, prevent wildfires, and avoid further damage.

Smart grid technologies funded and deployed at scale through this program must demonstrate a pathway to wider market adoption.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
This program is open to domestic entities including institutions of higher education; for-profit entities; non-profit entities; and state and local governmental entities, and tribal nations.

Certain expenditures and investments are not eligible for Smart Grid grant funding, including:
- Investments or expenditures for Smart Grid technologies, devices, or equipment that utilize specific tax credits or deductions under the Internal Revenue Code, as amended.
- Expenditures for electricity generation, transmission, or distribution infrastructure or equipment not directly related to enabling Smart Grid functions.
- After the final date for State consideration of the Smart Grid Information Standard under section 2621(d)(17) of title 16, an investment that is not in compliance with such standard.
- After the development and publication by the Institute of protocols and model standards for interoperability of smart grid devices and technologies, an investment that fails to incorporate any of such protocols or model standards.
- Expenditures for physical interconnection of generators or other devices to the grid except those that are directly related to enabling Smart Grid functions.
- Expenditures for ongoing salaries, benefits, or personnel costs not incurred in the initial installation, training, or startup of smart grid functions.
- Expenditures for travel, lodging, meals or other personal costs.
- Ongoing or routine operation, billing, customer relations, security, and maintenance expenditures.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A public webinar will be held on November 29, 2022, at 3:00 PM EST, to provide additional information. Registration is required.


Pre-Application Information
- Concept papers are a required first step in the application process and are due December 16, 2022.
- DOE will provide a response to Concept Papers by January 27, 2023.
- Full Applications are due March 17, 2023.

Applicants are allowed to submit more than one Concept Paper, provided that each describes a unique project.

Recipients must provide a cost-share of at least 50% of the grant.


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Term of Contract
The first funding cycle will include both FY22 and FY23.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:
Jacqulyn M. Wilson

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