On 8/16/2013 I attended a teleconference re opportunities for funding of R & D sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy. This teleconference was similar to one I attended last year on the same topic. I was happy to see one difference — topics judged to be suitable for funding included a subtopic, “other.” That change means that applicants for funding might get support even if their projects would not necessarily fit within a subtopic that had been narrowly defined by staff at the DOE. Last year, I submitted a pre-application document that specified I would seek a grant to help investigate the feasibility of employing an Energy Island as a source of generated electricity. I got back what was basically a form letter that said my project would not fall within guidelines for funding. I sent a letter complaining that the guidelines were too narrow and would screen out projects with good prospects for important advancements in the area of hydropower applications. I got back another form letter to the effect that the department was too busy to respond to letters in response to notifications like the one I got. That is all in the past now, so I plan to re-submit last year’s pre-application. You can see that pre-application at Pre-Application for R & D Funding from the DOE.