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Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC)

Type: Posted • Opportunity: DE-FOA-0003258

Description

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces a re-competition of the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications from multi-disciplinary teams will be required to propose discovery science and use-inspired basic research that addresses priority research directions and opportunities identified by a series of BES workshop and roundtable reports. The focus of the EFRC program is on fundamental scientific research, therefore applications to this FOA must not propose applied research and technology development activities. BES is soliciting renewal applications for basic science in three topical areas: 1) Transformative manufacturing, 2) Quantum information science (QIS), and 3) Environmental management. BES is soliciting new applications for basic science in two topical areas: 1) Co-design of materials and processes to revolutionize microelectronics and/or QIS fabrication, and 2) Environmental management.

Background
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces a re-competition of the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program. The focus of the EFRC program is on fundamental scientific research, therefore applications to this FOA must not propose applied research and technology development activities.

Grant Details
The EFRC program brings together diverse world-class teams of scientists to perform basic research with a scope and complexity beyond what is possible in single-investigator or small-group awards. The EFRCs conduct fundamental research to address grand challenges identified in the report Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination (December 2007) and transformative opportunities identified in the report Challenges at the Frontiers of Matter and Energy: Transformative Opportunities for Discovery Science (November 2015).

Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include institutions capable of being funded through the DOE Field Work System. SC encourages applications led by Emerging Research Institutions (ERIs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), that are underrepresented in the SC portfolio. Applications are also encouraged from teams that include the participation of MSIs and ERIs, as well as researchers from groups historically underrepresented in STEM.

Period of Performance
DOE anticipates making awards with a project period of 4 years. Continuation funding is contingent on availability of funds appropriated by Congress, progress towards meeting objectives, submission of required reports, and compliance with award terms and conditions.

Grant Value
DOE anticipates a total funding amount of $100 million for awards under this FOA, with $25 million available annually. Award sizes will range from $2,000,000 per year to $4,000,000 per year. Multi-institutional teams are limited to a request of no more than $4,000,000 per year.

Overview

Category of Funding
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Instruments
Grant
Other
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
False
Source
On 1/22/24 the Office of Science posted grant opportunity DE-FOA-0003258 for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) with funding of $100.0 million. The grant will be issued under grant program 81.049 Office of Science Financial Assistance Program.

Timing

Posted Date
Jan. 22, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
May 8, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 73 Days
Last Updated
Jan. 22, 2024, 9:29 a.m. EST
Version
1
Archive Date
June 7, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$16,000,000
Floor
$8,000,000
Estimated Program Funding
$100,000,000
Estimated Number of Grants
Not Listed

Contacts

Contact
Edward McGeehan Grants Management Specialist
Contact Phone
(301) 903-1291

Documents

Posted documents for DE-FOA-0003258

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