ARPA-E was established and charged with the following objectives:
  1. To bring a freshness, excitement, and sense of mission to energy research that will attract many of the US’s best and brightest minds—those of experienced scientists, engineers, and especially those of students and young researchers, including persons in the entrepreneurial world.
  2. To focus on creative, “out-of-the-box,” transformational energy research that industry seldom supports, but which would provide dramatic benefits for the nation.
  3. To utilize an ARPA-like organization that is flat, nimble, and capable of sustaining for long periods of time projects whose promises are real, while phasing out programs that do not prove to be as promising as anticipated.
  4. To create a new tool to bridge the gap between basic energy research and development/industrial innovation.

The links to the right provide more information about ARPA-E programs and funding opportunities.