**The 2018 deadline for this opportunity has passed or the internal application slot has been granted. Updated information will be posted when the next funding cycle opens.**


DOE Research at the Frontiers of X-Ray Free Electron Laser Ultrafast Chemical and Materials Sciences Solicitation

Program Summary 

This funding opportunity announcement supports fundamental research for public benefit in materials and chemical sciences enabled by new ultrafast x-ray free electron laser (XFEL) capabilities at LCLS-II and its prospective upgrades (https://lcls.slac.stanford.edu/lcls-ii). Applications must focus on XFEL-based research and address the Priority Research Opportunities identified in the recent BES Roundtable Report, “Opportunities for Basic Research at the Frontiers of XFEL Ultrafast Science.” Applications should clearly articulate how the research addresses the new scientific opportunities articulated in the Roundtable Report 2 (https://science.energy.gov/~/media/bes/pdf/reports/2018/Ultrafast_x-ray_science_rpt.pdf). The three areas of research articulated in that report are: (1) probing and controlling electron motion within a molecule; (2) discovering novel quantum phases through coherent light-matter coupling; and (3) capturing rare events and intermediate states in the transformation of matter. Applications for relevant theoretical and experimental research involving small groups of investigators will be considered.

Applications that involve only instrumentation development or are not programmatically aligned with BES research (see https://science.energy.gov/bes/mse/ and https://science.energy.gov/bes/csgb/) will be considered non-responsive.


Internal Competition Deadline: 11:59pm MST April 12, 2018

Letters of Intent Deadline: 3:00pm MST April 30, 2018

Full Application Deadline: 3:00pm MST May 21, 2018

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Up to 3-page project narrative: Please include:
    • a brief abstract
    • a description of the proposed research, proposed methods of accomplishment. Describe how the research will respond to the priority research opportunities identified in the BES roundtable report https://science.energy.gov/~/media/bes/pdf/reports/2018/Ultrafast_xray_s.... This section must include a clear description of the planned use/relevance to XFEL-based ultrafast science.
    • total project cost information
  • List of Collaborators: A simple list of names and affiliated institutions will suffice; it is not necessary to provide additional information.

To access the online application, visit: https://colorado.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/home/4178


There are no special eligibility requirements.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An entity may submit only two letters of intent as the lead organization, and as a result, may submit only two applications.

Award Information and Duration

The award size will depend on number of meritorious applications and the availability of funds.

Award Ceiling: $1,500,000 per year

Award Floor: $300,000 per year

Number of Awards: Up to 15 awards are expected for both this FOA and the companion program announcement for DOE National Laboratories.

Award Duration: Awards are expected to be made for a period of up to three years as befitting the project.