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DOE Gives $151 Million to ‘Out-of-Box’ Research

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Science  30 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5953, pp. 651
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_651

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Three days after President Barack Obama told a Massachusetts Institute of Technology audience that he would lead the country into a "new frontier" of clean energy research, a fledgling federal agency made a $151 million down payment on that promise. On Monday, the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy gave grants to 37 teams at companies, universities, and national labs that are pursuing cutting-edge technologies. The awards, averaging $4 million for up to 3 years, are considerably larger than typical DOE grants in basic or applied energy.