The Department of Energy announced October 25 a $60 million investment over three years for applied scientific research to advance cutting-edge concentrating solar power technologies. The SunShot Initiative investments in solar energy research encourage rapid, widespread adoption of solar energy systems across the country, help the U.S. solar power industry ovr3ecome technical barriers and reduce costs, boost domestic competitiveness in the worldwide market for solar technologies, and provide support for clean energy jobs. Pre-applications are due November 22, and full applications are due February 7; the agency plans to fund 20 to 22 projects in industry, universities, and national labs.