The U. S. Department of Energy's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for building EPSCoR-State/DOE-National Laboratory Partnerships. These partnerships are to advance fundamental, early-stage energy research collaborations with the DOE national laboratories (Information on the DOE National Laboratories including links to websites can be found at http://www.energy.gov/about-national-labs.) Participation by graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows is required. Junior faculty from EPSCoR jurisdictions are encouraged to apply. Utilization of DOE user facilities are encouraged. (Information on the SC User Facilities can be found at http://science.energy.gov/user-facilities/, information on the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy user facilities can be found at https://atrnsuf.inl.gov/)
Applications must must propose scientific collaborations that partner academic, non-profit, or industrial researchers in EPSCoR jurisdictions and research staff at DOE national laboratories. These partnerships should leverage capabilities of DOE national laboratories, particularly their user facilities. Applications must include support for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, or undergraduate students. Junior faculty members are encouraged to apply. Awards will range from $150,000 - $250,000 annually.
The University of South Carolina may only submit one LOI to this competition. Interested faculty need to submit the following to Beth Herron via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5 pm on April 11:
• A cover sheet including the title, contact information of the PI and any Co-PIs, and the topical research area (please see attached FOA for allowed research areas)
• A narrative of up to three pages that includes a description of the proposed research and a clear description of the proposed State/Lab partnership. The value of the work to South Carolina and the DOE National Lab partners must be explained. Methodology and equipment needs should be outlined.
• A commitment from a national lab – via an e-mail at this stage is fine.
Please assemble these components into a single PDF file.
See the attached FOA for more details; for other questions, please contact Beth at email@example.com or 803-777-2885. The external LOI deadline is April 25, 2018.