Major Solicitation Schedule

DOE Energy Frontier Research Center Solicitation

  • Please see the full solicitation (link above) for complete information about the funding opportunity.

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).

  • DOE Pre-Application Deadline: 5:00pm EST January 16, 2020
  • DOE Application Deadline: 5:00pm EST 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.

  • 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.Award Information
    Award Amount: $2,000,000 – $4,000,000Award Duration: Up to 4 years

Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

The NSF CAREER program offers the most prestigious awards in support of early career faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent teaching and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

2020 Proposal Submission Timeline
(New this year from NSF – revised deadline/timeline!)

For ALL NSF Directorates:

  • Internal CoE Deadline Monday, July 20, 2020
  • ORSP Deadline: Wednesday July 22, 2020

​Per ORSP: “This allows you time to resolve system errors in advance of the deadline and avoid high volume delays at the Help desk.”

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 at 5:00pm EST: Deadline