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Consumer Electronics Battery Recycling, Reprocessing, and Battery Collection – Round 2

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Submission Deadline for Round 2 Full Applications: 04/09/24 at 5:00 pm ET

Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institutions
  • General Public
  • Local Governments
  • Native/Tribal Entities
  • Non-profits
  • Private Sector
  • State Governments

Program Purpose:

  • Critical Minerals
  • Environmental Clean-up
  • Health and Safety
  • Other Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy



Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy


This funding opportunity announcement is re-opening to solicit Full Applications for Topic Area 4, Retailer Programs for Consumer Electronics Battery Collection and Transport. Topic Areas 1-3 remain closed.

DOE is seeking projects led by retailers to create or expand to collect, sort, store, and transport consumer electronics batteries and battery-containing devices.

The DOE is making up to $15 million available through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to drive recovery of spent consumer batteries at retailers that can be sent to recyclers. Recycling spent batteries provides our domestic industry with additional sources of necessary materials to make new batteries or other products. Not only does recycling provide a diverse and robust material source, but the circularity of these materials builds a more sustainable manufacturing supply chain and reduces waste streams from manufacturing.

Batteries power our daily lives from consumer electronics to national defense and enable the electrification of the transportation sector and provide stationary grid storage. With funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), DOE is investing across the supply chain from research to manufacturing to collecting the batteries at end-of-life and helping to build domestic recycling network for batteries that contain critical elements such as Nickel, Lithium, Cobalt, Manganese, Copper, and Graphite. Many of these materials are in use today in consumer electronics with rechargeable batteries such as cell phones, laptops, vacuum cleaners, and smart watches.

Retailers can play a vital role in making recycling accessible and easy for consumers. As sellers of batteries, retailers are top-of-mind for consumers. Once batteries are no longer usable, consumers need places to deposit their spent batteries. Retailer store fronts visited by consumers are prime locations for battery collection. Collection points can also serve as an incentive for consumers to visit store fronts.

As part of the evaluation and selection process, DOE may invite one or more applicants to participate in Pre-Selection Interviews.

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Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant - match required
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
Estimated Awards:
2 - 15

Applicant Guidance

This FOA is being reopened to solicit Full Applications for Topic Area 4 only. The submittal of Concept Papers is not required for Round 2 submittals to Topic Area 4.



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