The DOE has announced the availability of up to $10 million in funding for energy-saving lighting technologies. DOE is seeking applications for research and development projects to drive down the cost and improve the quality of solid-state lighting products through manufacturing improvements.

Between two and four projects will be selected to receive up to $10 million, and will focus on achieving significant cost reductions through improvements in manufacturing equipment, processes, or monitoring techniques. Selected projects will address the technical challenges that must be overcome before SSL can compete with existing lighting on a first-cost basis.

This is the third round of funding directed toward this solid-state lighting research and development program area. Over the course of the program, the Manufacturing Research and Development area has been funded with $28.2 million in federal funding, and leveraged $36.8 million in funding from the private sector.

Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on December 15, 2011. DOE anticipates notifying applicants selected for awards by the end of June 2012 and making awards no later than September 30, 2012. For more information and to apply, click here .