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Critical Materials Accelerator

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Eligible Recipients:

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

Program Purpose:

  • Energy Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy



Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (AMMTO)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy


The Critical Materials Accelerator aims to validate and prototype technologies and processes that address critical materials challenges by developing alternatives, diversifying and expanding supply, increasing manufacturing and material efficiency, and establishing a circular economy. The Accelerator intends to speed up the adoption of innovation while promoting safe, sustainable, economic, and environmentally just solutions to meet current and future critical materials supply chain needs​.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits proposals that advance innovation to realize the Department’s critical minerals and materials vision of a reliable, resilient, affordable, diverse, sustainable, and secure domestic supply chains for the clean energy economy. Projects funded under this FOA will de-risk innovation and mature technology development in partnership with industry to reduce demand through alternative materials or technologies, extend the lifetime of critical materials, and advance secure and sustainable critical materials manufacturing technologies. Each topic area of the FOA addresses priority technologies and supply chain gaps identified by the Critical Materials Collaborative.

Topics include:

  • Topic 1 – Use of Magnets with Reduced Critical Materials Content
  • Topic 2 – Improved Unit Operations of Processing and Manufacturing of Critical Materials
  • Topic 3 – Critical Material Recovery from Scrap and Post-Consumer Products
  • Topic 4 – Reduced Critical Material Demand for Clean Energy Technologies

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Funding Details

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Grant - match required
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