Events and Workshops

Events and Workshops 2017-11-13T17:02:28+00:00

Workshop on Applying to ARPA-E

Date:          November 28, 2017

Host:          Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory

Location:   Sustainability, Energy & Environment Complex (SEEC) 4001 Discovery Drive  Boulder, Colorado

Parking will be provided by the Collaboratory.   Click here to see Google Map directions.

There will be a parking attendant starting at 8:30am on Nov 28 letting you know where to park.  Please make sure you tell them you’re with the ARPA-E Workshop.   Nov 28 2017 ARPA-E parking map at SEEC building in Boulder

Time:         11:00am – 4:00pm MST.  A networking reception will follow from 4:00-5:00pm MST in the same building.

Cost:          Free of charge.  Everyone must register.

Registration:  Space is limited.  
Click here to register to attend in person

Click here to register to watch some or all live streaming on Nov. 28

Details:  All sessions held in one room, live streaming & video capture of all sessions, lunch, afternoon snacks & reception food served

Summary:  The purpose of this workshop is to educate public and private sector researchers and entities interested in submitting proposals to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) solicitations, including open solicitations.  Former ARPA-E Program Directors and Colorado ARPA-E award recipients will provide information on the agency’s approach to transformational energy research.  Lessons-learned, helpful advice on how to both develop and write winning ARPA-E proposals, how to manage a proposal, and execute successful ARPA-E projects will also be provided.  Participants will have a chance to network and see how different entities can team up on projects.


  • Collaboratory institutional researchers, faculty, and staff
  • Industry
  • State partners and organizations
  • Federal agencies

Downloadable document:  ARPA-E workshop agenda – Nov 28 2017

AGENDA  —–  Click here for speaker bios

10:30 – 11:00:  Participant arrival and networking

11:00 – 11:15:    Welcome by Collaboratory Executive Director, Maury Dobbie.  Collaboratory history and vision, purpose of workshop and expertise within the Collaboratory partnering organizations including CU Boulder, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Speakers:  Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at CU Boulder (Chair of Collaboratory Executive Board) and Alan Rudolph, Vice President of Research at Colorado State University (past chair of Collaboratory Executive Board).

11:15 – 12:00:  Session #1 Introduction to ARPA-E (Speaker:  Bryan Willson, Director, Energy Institute, Colorado State University)

  • History, Mission and How ARPA-E operates
  • Risk Profile
  • Focused versus Open Solicitations
  • Review Process
  • Elements of Successful Proposals and Tricks of the Trade

12:00 – 12:30:  Lunch served

12:30 – 1:15:    Technology-to-Market (T2M)  (Speaker:  Ted Weaver, President, First Tracks Consulting Service)

1:15 – 2:00:      How to Manage a Project and Its Challenges (Speaker:  Howard Branz, Senior Research Associate, University of Colorado, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute)

2:00 – 2:15:      Break

2:15 – 3:15:       Panel of Successful ARPA-E Awardees Sharing Best Practices

Moderator:  Bryan Willson

Ryan O’Hayre — Professor, Directs the Advanced Energy Materials Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines
Greg Rieker — Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder
John McKay — Professor of Plant Evolutionary Genomics, Colorado State University
Aaron Ptak — Senior Scientist, National Center for Photovoltaics, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

3:15 – 4:00:  Share about Collaboratory cost share opportunities, Collaboratory joint projects and matchmaking on upcoming projects. Wrap up, Q&A, discussion around suggested partnerships, next steps

Moderator:  Bryan Willson
Speakers:  Terri Fiez (Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation, University of Colorado-Boulder), Alan Rudolph (Vice President for Research, Colorado State University), Ryan Richards (Professor and Associate Vice President for Research, Colorado School of Mines)

4:00:  Adjourn workshop

4:00 – 5:00pm:  A networking and team building reception with beverages and appetizers will be held until 5:00pm in same building. Everyone welcomed and encouraged to stay


Past Events Hosted by Collaboratory

In the summer of 2016, the Collaboratory took the lead in responding to a recommendation from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to organize a Regional Clean Energy Innovation Summit.  The summit was held on September 19, 2016 at the University of Colorado Boulder’s new Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex (SEEC).  For more details about the summit click here.

The Summit successfully convened 167 individuals in person and approximately 30 on the live stream over a ten-state region (ND, SD, NE, KS, MT, ID, UT, CO, WY, NM).  The Summit participants shared ideas and explored potential partnerships for meeting Regional Energy Needs on a wide variety of topics including interconnectivity of Food, Energy and Water utilization in our region; continued deployment of renewable energy sources and development of the next generation electric grid; the coupling of energy production and climate change; opportunities for regional public/private partnerships leading to pilot-scale commercialization projects; and understanding of how public policy decisions influence achieving these goals.  Click here to review: Brief agenda for Sept 19 Regional Clean Energy Innovation Summit

The detailed report of the Summit’s deliberations that the Collaboratory prepared and submitted to the Department of Energy.  Our Regional Clean Energy Innovation Summit also facilitated development and submission of a strongly collaborative proposal from our Mountain West Regional Team entitled Empowering Mountain Energy Resources to Grow Economies (EMERGE).  The EMERGE proposal was submitted to DOE in response to their Regional Energy Technology Innovation Ecosystem Characterization Assessment Funding Opportunity Assessments (FOA-0001643).  If funded, the award will assist with development of collaborative research and commercialization projects on the technical and economic themes developed at the Regional Innovation Summit.  In the meantime, several of the technical themes and potential partnerships developed at the Summit are being pursued by various partnering groups from our ten-state region.  Click here to read the full EMERGE proposal:  DOE Report — Sept 19 summit — FINAL