The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Reducing EMbodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Manufacturing Institute announced approximately $35 million to support research and development (R&D) that will enable US manufacturers to increase the recovery, recycling, reuse, and remanufacturing of plastics, metals, electronic waste, and fibers.

The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is part of the Department’s Plastics Innovation Challenge, a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in plastics recycling technologies. Drawing on both fundamental and applied research capabilities within National Labs, universities, and industry, the Plastics Innovation Challenge accelerates innovations that will significantly reduce plastic waste in oceans and landfills and position the US as global leaders in advanced plastics recycling technologies.

REMADE is a part of Manufacturing USA, a network of federally funded institutes working to increase US manufacturing competitiveness and promote a robust and sustainable national manufacturing R&D infrastructure.

This RFP solicits proposals for projects in two areas:

  • Transformational Research & Development (R&D) Projects. Transformational R&D project proposals will demonstrate the potential to transform the recycling and remanufacturing industries through technological innovation.
  • Traditional R&D Projects. Traditional R&D projects will develop tools and technologies that are consistent with the research priorities in the REMADE Roadmap. Traditional R&D project proposals can cover all four material classes, including plastics.

REMADE envisions awarding approximately $35 million in support of these projects, with a minimum 50% cost share required from each team. REMADE Institute membership is not required. However, all final project team members (other than vendors and service providers) must be REMADE members at the time the project is awarded.

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