DOE Energy Frontier Research Center Solicitation

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary

The Department of Energy’s (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 below. 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). Funding will be competitively awarded to the successful Energy Frontier Research Center applications selected by Federal officials, based on a rigorous merit review process as detailed in Section V of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

Deadlines

CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST December 9, 2019

DOE Pre-Application Deadline: 3:00pm MST January 16, 2020

DOE Application Deadline: 3:00pm MST April 7, 2020

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Narrative (up to 5 pages maximum, Times New Roman 12 point font): Please include the following: description of the mission, scientific goals, and research methods and approaches, and potential scientific impact of the proposed EFRC. The research must address the priority research directions or opportunities identified in one or more of the Basic Research Needs and Roundtable reports listed in Section I of the full solicitation; address one or more of the grand challenges defined in the report Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination; and embody one or more of the transformative opportunities defined in the report Challenges at the Frontiers of Matter and Energy: Transformative Opportunities for Discovery Science.
  • Lead PI/EFRC Director Curriculum Vitae
  • List of Partner Organizations
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/6438

Eligibility

The EFRC Director is the lead Principal Investigator and must be employed or have an agreement in place to be hired by the lead organization. An individual may not be named as the EFRC Director on more than one application. Directors of existing EFRC awards that do not have project end dates in 2020 cannot be named as the EFRC Director on any application in response to this FOA. If the proposed EFRC Director will not be employed by the lead organization, the application will be deemed non-responsive and will be rejected without further review. Further, if more than one application is received from an applicant identifying the same individual as the EFRC Director, DOE will consider only the application (if any) that matches a qualified pre-application (as described in Section IV.B.2). The remaining applications will be deemed non-responsive and rejected without further review. However, there is no restriction on the number of applications in which an individual may participate as a Principal Investigator or senior/key personnel.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An entity may not submit more than two applications as the lead organization.

Award Information

Award Amount: $2,000,000 - $4,000,000

Award Duration: Up to 4 years