Federal agencies

U.S. Federal Agencies Conducting Fuel Cell and Hydrogen RD&D

Three federal Departments have substantial fuel cell research programs: the Departments of Energy (DOE), Defense (DOD), and Transportation (DOT). A number of other federal agencies have tested and/or purchased fuel cells, mostly for off-grid or backup power; some have tested fuel cell vehicles. The current attitude of the federal government toward fuel cells is however mixed and the outlook clouded, at least in the short term. For example, the recent debt reduction agreement calls for up to $2.2 trillion in reductions to total discretionary funding between fiscal years 2011-2021. The $2.2 trillion cut will be made in at least two installments. The first will cut total spending by about $1 trillion over 10 years as a result of discretionary budget totals set in the bill, including significant cuts to DOD. The second will result from a bipartisan committee established to find more than $1 trillion in additional cuts. The committee has until November 23, 2011, to report a legislative proposal to achieve this goal, and if it fails to produce recommended legislation, the bill sets automatic procedures to cut $1.2 trillion more from federal budgets through FY2021. While the specific impact to individual federal agencies and programs is not yet known, it is likely that some fuel cell-related programs will be impacted.

Relevant governmental links

US Department of Energy (DoE)


Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program


Hydrogen Program


Fuel Cell Technologies Program


Vehicle Technologies Program


Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA)


Hydrogen and Clean Fuels Research


National Laboratories and Technology Centers


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bus Evaluations


DOE Cooperative Research and Developments Agreements Manual


Federal Transit Administration (FTA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT)


FTA’s National Fuel Cell Bus Technology
Development Program


National Fuel Cell Bus Technology
 Development Program Solicitation Guidelines


U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center, Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (ERDC-CERL) Fuel Cell Website


Office of Naval Research Fuel Cell Program




Guide to Marketing to the DOD




Registrations that may be needed for accessing the Grants.gov website: 
Registration takes approximately 3-5 business days, but allow 4 weeks for completion of all steps.

1) DUNs number from Dun & Bradstreet
2) Employer ID Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
3) NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) code
4) Central Contractor Registry (CCR)


If requested by phone (1-866-705-5711) DUNS is provided immediately. If your organization does not have one, you will need to go to the Dun & Bradstreet website at fedgov.dnb.com/webform to obtain the number. Webform requests take 1-2 business days.


Fill out IRS EIN application form SS-4. www.irs.gov/instructions/iss4/ch01.html


The form and instructions can be found at: www.dlis.dla.mil/Forms/Form_AC135.asp


If you already have a TIN, your CCR registration will take 3-5 business days to process. If you are applying for an EIN please allow up to 2 weeks. Ensure that your organization is registered with the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) at www.ccr.gov. If your organization is not, an authorizing official of your organization must register. A few countries may have trouble accessing the CCR website. If so, call 269-961-5757.

Invest in America, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce


Invest in America: Guide to Federal Incentives and Programs Available to Investors, 2011


FedBizOpps                                               www.FedBizOpps.gov

1) FedBizOpps is the single government-wide point-of-entry for federal government procurement opportunities more than $25,000

2) Government buyers are able to publicize their business opportunities by posting information directly to FedBizOpps.

3) Through one portal, commercial vendors seeking federal markets for their supplies (products) and services can search, monitor, and retrieve opportunities solicited by the federal contracting community. 

FedConnect                          https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/

By visiting using www.FedConnect.net, a vendor can quickly search for business opportunities across all of the participating government agencies. Through the portal, offerors are able to submit files electronically, i.e. quotations and proposals, as well as ask questions, receive responses, and view awards. There are multiple search criteria, and the vendor, does not even have to log-in to FedConnect® to explore opportunities marked as publicly available.

Participating agencies include:

1) Department of Energy

2) Department of Homeland Security

3) Department of Housing and Urban Development

4) Department of the Interior

5) Environmental Protection Agency

6) Small Business Administration

7) Social Security Administration


Acquisition Central                              https://www.acquisition.gov

Federal Acquisition Requirements (FAR) - Federal government’s contracting guidelines https://www.acquisition.gov/far/90-37/html/toc.html

1) Standard regulations set up by the government that act as “laws” to federal contracting.

2) Regulations and contract clauses are referred to in solicitation packages and can be referenced at web site above.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)                               www.sba.gov

1) The SBA provides support to small businesses and small-business owners across the nation. SBA helps businesses with:

Capital: working with about 5,000 banks to provide SBA loans to small businesses
Contracts: working to ensure that 23% of federal contract dollars go to small businesses
Counseling: 14,000 SBA-affiliated counselors for small business guidance The Small

2) Business Administration’s Business Licenses and Permits Search Tool (www.sba.gov/content/search-business-licenses-and-permits) allows you to get a listing of federal, state and local permits, licenses, and registrations needed to run a business. For local permits, links to local government websites and contact information are provided.

Business Partner Network (BPN)                                  www.bpn.gov

1) The Business Partner Network (BPN) is the single source for vendor data for the Federal Government.
2) The BPN is a search mechanism that provides views into several key databases across Federal Agencies.




Sidst opdateret: 04-08-2015