DOE Funding Opportunity to Strengthen Domestic Critical Material Supply Chains

Last updated: 12 December 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a USD 150 million funding opportunity, provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to advance cost-effective and environmentally responsible processes to produce and refine critical minerals and materials domestically. The funding will target minerals from a broad range of sources across the United States, including recycled materials, mine waste, industrial waste, and ore deposits. Specifically, the funding will support bench- and pilot-scale research, development and demonstration projects for: 

  • Technologies or process improvements that develop new supplies of critical minerals and materials here at home;
  • Value-added products created from other materials that are part of the waste streams from which critical minerals and materials are extracted;
  • New, next-generation technologies to be used for lower cost, environmentally responsible extraction, production, separation, and processing of critical minerals and materials; 
  • Alternatives or substitutes for scarce critical minerals and materials that can be used as replacements in clean energy technologies; and
  • New or improved alternative energy technologies or designs that use materials that are more abundant in the United States. 

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