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FY23 Call For Proposals

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience (ODASD(E&ER)), Operational Energy – Innovation (OE-I) is now soliciting Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 proposals for the Operational Energy Capability Improvement Fund (OECIF) and Operational Energy Prototyping Fund (OEPF). OE-I is requesting proposals in the following areas:

  • Aviation and Space Efficiencies:  Due 1 August 2022
  • Contested Logistics and OEPF:  Due 4 November 2022
  • Ground Vehicle Electrification and Hybridization with DIU:  Due 6 February 2023

OECIF and OEPF project solicitations have different types of proposals and different funding. The OECIF and OEPF Call for Proposal link below provides the specific details for each call.

  1. OE-I FY23 OECIF and OEPF Call For Proposals
  2. OECIF and OEPF Proposal Whitepaper Template
  3. OECIF and OEPF FY23 Quad Chart Template
  4. OE-I FY23 Letter of Support Template
  5. OE-I FY23 Call For Proposals Addendum Topic Breakdown
  6. OE-I FY23 Scoring Criteria


Training: Climate Adaptation Considerations in Operational Energy- Innovation

Each PI’s office that submits either an OECIF or OEPF FY 2023 proposal should complete the required Climate Adaptation Considerations in Operational Energy- Innovation training. The training video can be viewed here: Climate Training Video. After viewing the video, email Mark Washechek, mark.g.washechek.ctr@mail.mil, at the OE-I Program Office stating your project’s name, its number in OEMS, and who in your organization has completed the training. The non-narrated PowerPoint charts are located in OEMS by first signing-in, then selecting the Submission icon and then the Help icon from the top menu.

Climate Adaptation Training video

New FY22 Projects

Operational Energy Capability Improvement Fund (OECIF)

The Director of Operational Energy – Innovation is pleased to announce this year’s OECIF proposal ranking for FY22 Funding:

  1. DoD-Wide Operational Energy Management System (OEMS) Expansion, Dr. Paul Jaffe, OSD
  2. Metrology-Enabled RF Integration Technology (MERIT), Lt Col Brian Hans, AFRL/RXSC
  3. Li-Ion Early Fault Predictive Monitor (LEAP-M), Mr. Justin Lewis, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
  4. Naval Power Network Monitoring (NPNM), Mr. Milton Ridgeway, Naval Secure Power PMO
  5. Tactical Energy Converter (TEC) Application & MIL-STD Testing, Ms. Cynthia Robbins, DEVCOM C5ISR
  6. High Speed Rotating Machine (HSRM) Prototyping & Test, Dr. John Heinzel, Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division
  7. DoD Space Domain Energy Strategy & Space Nuclear Power (SNUP) Study, Lt Col Brian Hans, AFRL/RXSC
  8. Small Tactical Universal Battery Integration, Dr. Nathan Sharpes, DEVCOM C5ISR
  9. Efficient Microwave Array for Scalable Wireless Power Transfer, Dr. Colin Joye, NRL
  10. 2026-2030 DOD Battery Supply Risk Assessment and Aggregation, Mr. Eric Shields, NSWC Carderock
  11. Forward Deployed Refueling and Support Package to Enable COMMS and Situational Awareness (RASP-CASA), Ms. Maria Medeiros, ONR/NRL
  12. Space Qualifiable, Low-Cost, Perovskite Solar Cells for DoD Applications (SLPD), Lt Col Brian Hans, AFRL/RXSC
  13. Airpiercer, Dr. Mark Fernelius, AFRL/RQTC
  14. Resilient Operational Power and Energy Sensing (ROPES), Mr. David Hull, DEVCOM ARL
  15. Electric Tactical Humanitarian Operations Recovery (eTHOR), Ms. Marissa Brand, NIWC-Pacific
  16. Power Extender – Grid Source (PEGS), Mr. Daniel Masters, Army PM E2S2
  17. Arctic Grid Energy Storage (AGES), CDR Jason Wood, NORAD & USNORTHCOM
  18. Dual-use DE Laser Solution, Mr. Michael Wardlaw, ONR
  19. Light Expeditionary Energy Agile Platform (LEEAP), Mr. Kawakahi Amina, USINDOPACOM J4
  20. Solar-Powered Phased Array Optimized for Thermal Performance and Mass-Specific Power (PRAM-2), Dr. Brian Tierney, NRL
  21. Low-Profile Electric-Propulsion Nuclear Satellite (LENS), Mr. Jeffrey Todd, USSPACECOM
  22. Warfighter Alternative Energy Study (WAES), Ms. Julianne Douglas, DEVCOM C5ISR
  23. Impact of Vehicle Electrification Configurations on Energy-Related Sustainment and Performance, Mr. Bill Fisher, DEVCOM DAC
  24. Solar Technologies to Prevent Premature Replacement of Tactical Vehicle and Generator Batteries, Mr. Kevin Guite, DEVCOM DAC
  25. High Speed Logistics, Mr. Ian Sieker, NAVFAC EXWC
  26. Blended Wing Body (BWB) Tanker, Mr. Daniel Pike, Air Force

This year’s competition for OECIF funding was extremely competitive. The above projects were selected based on OECIF's proposed FY22 funding level. When OECIF received additional funding, the following projects were also selected:

  1. Generation 3 Li-ion 6T Batteries with Open-source BMS and Case (“Gen 3 Li-ion 6T”), Mr. David Skalny, DEVCOM GVSC
  2. Rectenna Integrated onto UAV, Mr. Curtis Eckhardt, DEVCOM AC
  3. Distributed Energy Provided Throughout the Seas (DEPTHS), Mr. Michael Wardlaw, ONR
  4. Optical Recharge Beam at Altitude (ORBA), Mr. Cameron Stanley, GCC USSOUTHCOM
  5. Small Unit Power, Electrification and Resilience (SUPER), Ms. Cindy Milholland, NIWC-PAC

The following projects advanced to Round Two but are not likely to be funded. Should UFR/additional funding become available, these proposals would be funded in the following order (provided the funding aligns with the proposal topic):

  1. Resilient + Redundant Expeditionary Energy (R2E2), Mr. Bjorn Oberg, ERDC-CERL
  2. High Power DE Mild Hybrid System, Mr. Joseph Grobmyer, Army Directed Energy Project Office
  3. Span Wire Over The Shore (SWOTS), Mr. Matthew Young, NSWCCD
  4. Additive-Enabled Power & Cooling (AEPC), Dr. Harold Coombe, ONR
  5. FMTV Hybrid Integration into Tactical Cyber Secure Microgrid, Mr. Dean McGrew, DEVCOM GVSC
  6. Hybrid Energy Storage Module Power Electronics Building Block (PEBB) Active Rectifier for DoD Platforms, Mr. Donald Hoffman, ONR
  7. Optical Beaming of Energy via Laser Irradiation over Several Kilometers (OBELISK), Dr. Kenneth Schmieder, NRL
  8. Battlespace Energy Management (BEM), Mr. Brandon Hencey, AFRL
  9. Expeditionary Portable Power Unit – Microgrid (EPPU-MG), Mr. Frank Bohn, DEVCOM C5ISR
  10. Ruggedized, All-Weather, Modular Rectenna Power Plant for the 21st Century (RAMP21) , Lt Col Brian Hans, AFRL
  11. Operational Wireless Power System (O-WiPS), Dr. Corey Bergsrud, NSWC Crane
  12. Cold Operations Logistical Dependence on Battery Technologies for Energy Assurance during Missions (COLD Battery TEAM), Dr. Giuseppe Di Benedetto, DEVCOM Armaments
  13. JP-8 Range Extender Power System (REPS) for Tactical Vehicles, Mr. Dean McGrew, DEVCOM GVSC
  14. Hydrogen Energy Architecture at the Tactical Edge (HEATE), Mr. Wayne Jordheim, Naval Undersea Warfare Center
  15. Spatial and Temporal Thermal Diffusion Hardware – SpaceTime, Mr. Jonathan Allison, AFRL
  16. Maturation of low-cost substrates for PV, Mr. David Wilt, AFRL/RV
  17. H2-TUAS Phase 2 Thermionic Electric Generator (TEGs) for Silent Flight and Fast Recharge Range Extension, Mr. William Nikonchuk, DEVCOM AVMC
  18. Ultra Lightweight 400kw-2MW Generator, Mr. Paul Litke, AFRL Center for Rapid Innovation
  19. Advancement of Thermal for Laser Addition and Saving Energy (ATLAS-Energy), Dr. Kevin Woods, NSWC Philadelphia
  20. Power and Thermal Technologies for Advanced Hybrid Electric Propulsion (HEP), Mr. Brian Donovan, AFRL/RQQI
  21. Actively Managed Power for Enduring Rotorcraft Electrical Systems (AMPERES), Mr. Brad Stanley, DEVCOM C5ISR
  22. Power Beaming to Small UAS Demonstration (PBSU-D), Dr. Richard Osgood, DEVCOM SC
  23. Efficient Logistic EleCTRIfication Technology (ELECTRIT), Mr. Allan Hartong, AFRL/RXSC

Questions on OECIF rankings may be directed to Dr. Paul Jaffe (OECIF Deputy / Chief Scientist), jaffe@nrl.navy.mil, or Ms. RuthAnne Darling (OECIF Director), ruthanne.s.darling.civ@mail.mil. We are happy to provide you feedback and the information from OEMS as well.

Thanks one and all for your interest and all your efforts.

Operational Energy Prototyping Fund (OEPF)

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience (ODASD(E&ER)), Operational Energy – Innovation (OE-I) is pleased to announce the FY22 proposal rankings under the new Operational Energy Prototyping Fund (OEPF). The caliber of proposals was tremendous, which made the down select process very competitive.

The following projects were initially selected for funding based on OEPF's proposed FY22 funding levels:

  1. TMS – Advanced, Mr. Frank Bohn, Army DEVCOM C5ISR
  2. Space-To-Space Power Beaming (S2SPB), Ms. James Winter, Air Force AFRL/RV
  3. Tactical Vehicle Hybridization (TVH), Mr. Jeff Davis, DIU PM Transportation Systems
  4. HVPE Lower-Cost III-V Photovoltaics, Mr. David Wilt, Air Force AFRL/RV
  5. DMMS and JOESF Integrated Prototype for Mobile Power Demonstration, Ms. Cindy Milholland, Navy NIWC-PAC
  6. Sensors for Collaborative Operational Power & Energy (SCOPE), Mr. David Hull, Army DEVCOM ARL
  7. Ultra UAS - ECU for Enhanced Endurance, Mr. Paul Litke, Air Force AFRL Center for Rapid Innovation

When OEPF received additional funding, the following projects were also selected:

  1. Hybrid Tiger Ultra-Persistent ISR, Dr. Stearns Heinzen, Naval Research Laboratory
  2. Micro Blade, Mr. Daniel Pike, Air Force Research Laboratory (Pending)

The following projects advanced to Round Two but are not likely to be funded due to limited FY22 appropriations. OEPF intends to give away all funding we receive after taxes and operating costs, so if additional funding becomes available, projects ranked 10-13 will be funded in the order below (provided funding aligns with the proposal topic). The project office will coordinate with the team PI if partial funding becomes available:

  1. POTION: Maximizing UAV Energy Performance, Dr. Richard Stroman, Naval Research Laboratory
  2. Ultra Energy Efficient UAS, Mr. Paul Litke, Air Force AFRL Center for Rapid Innovation
  3. FMTV/MTVR/HEMTT Anti-idle System Integration, Mr. Dean McGrew, Army DEVCOM GVSC
  4. FMTV High Power Variant for Vehicle Centric Microgrids and High Power Users, Mr. Janie Hancock, Army DEVCOM GVSC

Projects 10-13 also fit within the POM 23 issue paper submissions. As such, we hope all will be re-submitted in FY23. Thank you once again to all who submitted proposals in response to the FY22 OEPF solicitation.


  1. OECIF and OEPF Call for Proposals FY2022
  2. A1_OECIF and OEPF Proposal Whitepaper
  3. A2_OECIF and OEPF Quad Chart Template



Operational Energy Management System (OEMS)
Interim Authority to Test and Train (IATT)

As of May 2021, OEMS is operational in Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud, managed by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) Acquisition & Sustainment (A&S)/Environment & Energy Resilience (E&ER)/Operational Energy-Innovation (OE-I). OEMS is operating under an Interim Authority to Test and Train (IATT) following Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) requirements as it progresses through a full Authority to Operate (ATO) process determination.

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