Providing funding for research directly applicable to offshore wind development.
Round 2 of Innovations in Offshore Wind Solicitation 2.0

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium is pleased to release a competitive solicitation entitled Innovations in Offshore Wind Solicitation 2.0. Each round has approximately 3.5 million dollars in funding. Challenge areas and their respective due dates are outlined in the table below:  

Challenge Area
Round 1: Supply and Logistics, Operations & Maintenance
Round 2: Environmental Shared Use, Power Systems & Interconnection
Concept Paper Submissions Due: Sept. 16, 2021 Full Proposal Submissions Due: Nov. 10, 2021
Concept Paper Submissions Due: Mar. 9, 2022 Full Proposal Submissions Due: Apr. 28, 2022
R1c1: Supply Chain Efficiency and Industrialization
R2c1: Facilitating Ocean Area Co-Existence
R1c2: Asset Monitoring and Inspection
R2c2: Electrical and Grid Challenges Unique to Offshore Wind Transmission
R1c3: Solutions to Reduce of Improve at-sea Maintenance and Repair

How to Apply

At this time, the full Proposal Opportunity Notice and supporting documentation, including concept submission instructions, are available at the solicitation portal hosted by the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Please review all available documentation thoroughly. Solicitation-related questions may be directed to:

Proposal Guidance and Engagement Opportunities

January 25, 2022 – Round 2 Topic Preview Webinar: 

This webinar occurred prior to Round 2 release. The webinar gave a preview of the technical challenge areas covered in Round 2 as well as general suggestions for drafting successful proposals.

February 8 & 10, 2022 – Proposal Content Walk-Through Webinar: 

This webinar was intended for small businesses and first-time applicants to a NOWRDC solicitation. To assist in concept paper submission in Round 2 of NOWRDC’s Solicitation 2.0, the webinar gave an overview of the key sections in the concept paper template, solicitation review criteria as listed in the Solicitation 2.0 Program Notice, and general advice on preparing successful proposals. Q&A was answered at the end.

February 28, 2022 – Offshore Wind Supplier Pitch Session: 

This event is intended for small businesses looking to connect with offshore wind developers. It will be a great way to get better connected with the offshore wind industry through a concise, engaging format.

Recording will be available shortly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please submit questions to The FAQ document below will be updated with NOWRDC responses on a regular basis. 

According to the original DOE FOA (DE-FOA-0001767) which NOWRDC was funded under, “Federal agencies and instrumentalities (other than DOE) are eligible to apply for funding as a Subrecipient, but are not eligible to apply as a Prime Recipient.”

Yes, research universities are generally eligible as lead applicants.

Human stakeholder groups – including commercial, recreational, and landside stakeholders, as well as marine mammals, fish, and turtles.

Generally speaking, NOWRDC is looking for tools or strategies that yield the information or data that facilitate ocean area co-existence. These can be tools that more effectively capture important environmental information, such as the location of marine mammals, but this solicitation does not fund baseline scientific research.

Yes, hydrogen and other energy storage technologies capable of utility scale energy storage are eligible. The key requirement is that it aids in system resiliency – so it is capable of dispatching during outages and storing power during periods of curtailment.

Reference Documents

Here is a list of useful submission reference documents.