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DOE: Energy Frontier Research Centers DE-FOA-0002204

The Department of Energys (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces the call for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) proposals and encourages both new and renewal applications.

Applications will be required to address priority research directions and opportunities identified in recent BES workshop and roundtable reports, the scientific grand challenges identified in the report Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination, and the opportunities described in the report Challenges at the Frontiers of Matter and Energy: Transformative Opportunities for Discovery Science.

All of these reports are described in the FOA.

BES is soliciting proposals in four (4) topical areas: 1) Environmental Management (new and renewal proposals); 2) Quantum Information Science (new proposals only); 3) Microelectronics (new proposals only); and 4) Polymer Upcycling (new proposals only).

Selection will be based on a rigorous peer review process.

Research supported by this initiative will provide fundamental understanding to enable future advances in energy production and use.

When making selections, DOE will emphasize emerging science priorities that have been highlighted in recent workshops, including quantum materials, catalysis science, synthesis science, instrumentation science, next-generation energy storage, future nuclear energy, and energy-water issues.

Awards are expected to range from $2 million per year to $4 million per year per center for each of four fiscal years. Total funding for the new investment, pending Congressional appropriations, is expected to be up to $99 million per year for the four-year awards.

This competition limits applications from lead organizations to two.

If you are interested in this competition, please submit the following to the Office of Research and Grant Development by 5 pm on Friday, December 6:
A Cover Page that lists the title; lead principal investigator (with contact information); the and the topic area addressed.
A two-page summary which includes a clear and concise statement of the scientific mission of the proposed EFRC and a set of four-year research goals designed to support that mission.
Please use Times New Roman (12 point) with one-inch margins on standard paper size.

Please email the above as a single PDF to Richard White ( by 5pm, Friday, December 6, 2019..

The pre-application deadline to DOE is January 16, 2020, with full applications due April 7, 2020.

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