News Release

Release Date: July 28, 2015

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Recovery of Rare Earth Elements Released


The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Opportunities to Develop High Performance, Economically Viable, and Environmentally Benign Technologies to Recover Rare Earth Elements (REEs) from Domestic Coal and Coal Byproducts."

The FOA, DE-FOA-0001202, marks an investment of up to $20 million in federal funding to investigate the separation and economic feasibility of recovery of REEs from domestic U.S. coal and coal byproducts. The FOA closes Monday, August 31, 2015 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Full details about the FOA, including instructions for application preparation and submission, are available from the NETL website.

As directed by Congress, the Energy Department has been investigating the economic feasibility of recovery of REEs from domestic U.S. coal and coal byproducts. As part of this continuing investigation, NETL is seeking financial assistance applications for projects to quickly develop bench-scale and pilot-scale projects for recovering REEs from coal and coal byproducts. The proposed process designs should minimize or reduce the environmental, safety, and health impact of radioactive and other byproducts, and optimize the overall economics of the separation and recovery process. The proposed technology should be designed and developed for eventual deployment within the United States to provide reliable and competitive domestic sources of REEs.

A pre-application webinar was held on July 22, 2015. The webinar’s purpose was to bring attention to the availability of resource materials previously developed by NETL and give interested applicants a chance to ask general questions about the FOA process. The slides from the technical and procurement presentations, as well as all of the questions received and answers given during the webinar, are available as attachments via an amendment to the FOA.