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Technology Innovation
BPA partners with electric utilities, nonprofits, research organizations, technology developers and universities across North America and even internationally in research with the potential to improve operations, solve challenges, increase efficiencies and avoid costs. Since 2005, BPA's 
Technology Innovation Office has implemented a disciplined research management approach that has led to an unprecedented level of success, including the build out of the largest synchrophasor network in North America; the helical connector shunt innovation, a BPA-engineered technology that can up-rate and extend the life of aging transmission lines; the support of a pilot program that boosted the adoption of ductless heat pumps in the region; and an industry-leading seismic mitigation program.

One key to BPA’s success is making a firm connection with the business and technology challenges facing the utility industry. Technology roadmaps capture the logic and business framework for research and development, and describe the specific BPA-related factors driving technology needs and identify the areas offering the greatest potential.
FY 2017 Funding Opportunity Announcement
BPA’s fiscal year 2017 Technology Innovation Funding Opportunity Announcement (BPA-0003602) will be available March 1, 2016 with a two-phase application and review. Concept papers are due by March 31, 2016. Those who qualify will be invited to further develop their proposals for phase two and submit them by May 1, 2016. Awardees will be notified in July.

This FOA is seeking applications from all interested parties able to provide 50 percent cost share; including corporations, nonprofits, technology developers, utilities, universities and national labs. Applications will be accepted that address any technological capability gaps identified in the Technology Roadmaps or addendum(s) below.

Applications will only be accepted through the BPA Exchange website. Applicants are encouraged to register and create a BPA Exchange account in advance of the FOA issuance. Questions should be directed to the point of contact identified in the announcement. A separate announcement is also available for BPA staff to submit applications, which is accessible through the BPA Exchange website.
Technology Roadmaps
BPA’s research agenda is guided by a process that identifies the agency’s immediate and future capability gaps and pinpoints technologies with the potential to resolve those business challenges. This process includes the development of technology roadmaps, which provide BPA a framework to help plan, coordinate and forecast technology developments so the agency can focus its R&D investments in areas that deliver the most value to the agency and its stakeholders.
​BPA's R&D Portfolio
BPA's Technology Innovation initiative includes an annual cycle of funding based on strategic needs identified in the agency’s technology roadmaps and yearly focus areas. In January, all projects in the portfolio are reviewed by a group of BPA and utility executives and experts known as the Technology Confirmation and Innovation Council. Then in March, a funding opportunity announcement is posted for new projects. The announcement is open from March to May. After technical reviews of the proposals, the TCI Council selects the projects for inclusion in the following fiscal year’s portfolio in late June. The projects, which span across various technologies, time horizons, risk/reward profiles, cost concerns and other needs, are expected to produce direct financial benefits to BPA, and through BPA, deliver value to the Northwest electric power system.

BPA selected research projects for fiscal year 2016 beginning Oct. 1, 2015. Technology Innovation's portfolio management program and list of projects are included below.

 Calling All Data Sleuths

​BPA’s Technology Innovation Office is looking for two experts or leaders in data science to spearhead groundbreaking projects that support the agency’s strategy initiatives in the scientific, engineering and mathematical fields. Click here to read more about this data scientist position. Interested candidates should submit their resume, education transcripts and cover letter or relevant work samples to Terry Oliver at by 5 p.m. on May 25.

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