The purpose of this Notice of Intent (NOI) is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), on behalf of the DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE), intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) number DE-FOA-0002003, titled Process Scale-Up and Optimization/Efficiency Improvements for Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Critical Materials (CM) Recovery from Coal-Based Resources. PLEASE NOTE NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to grants.gov and FedConnect (www.fedconnect.net) in January 2019. Additional details concerning this FOA can be found at FedConnect.