On May 31, DOE issued a FOA for an Energy Innovation HUB for Critical Materials. Critical materials are materials important to our country but that have supply restrictions.
DOE has identified several materials essential for energy that are subject to supply risk, including: dysprosium, neodymium, terbium, europium, and yttrium.
The Energy Innovation HUB would be a consortium which comes together to help solve our critical materials problems. The structure of a HUB is left to the applicants to determine, but it will likely be a scientifically-based organization with real world input from industry.
The solicitation says that there will be one award for $120 million over a maximum of 5 years. Up to $20 million will be awarded for the first year, of which up to $10 million may be used to establish a HUB infrastructure—including renovations to existing buildings but not new construction.
Read the FOA here: https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/#FoaId71ef57c0-ce63-4f56-865c-76ff132eaf21