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Perkins Coie Partner Bill Malley commented on the DOE's ARPA-E application process in a recent Environment & Energy Daily article. The first step in the application process is to submit a five-page concept paper, which requires applicants to generally outline their projects. During the first round of funding, DOE received more than 3,600 concept papers and whittled that number down to about 300 projects that were asked to submit more detailed proposals. From that pool, DOE chose the first 37 winners. The entire process occurred in just a few months. "We don't know how fast the next round will go, but we assume it's on a similar schedule," said Malley, who has represented clients that have applied for ARPA-E grants. "This stands out as a fast track."