(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002204: Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences - Energy Frontier Research Centers

Sponsor Name: 
DOE - Department of Energy
Description of the Award: 

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 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).

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 the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

Limit (Number of applicants permitted per institution): 
Sponsor LOI Deadline: 
Jan 16, 2020
Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Apr 07, 2020
OVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should send the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_EFRC_2020 no later than 9:00 a.m. on the internal submission deadline:

  • Cover Page must include:

    • Pre-application Title
    • Lead Principal Investigator Name, Job Title, Phone Number, and Email Address
    • Lead Organization
    • List of all Partner Organization
  • Biosketch of PI (3 page limit)
  • 2 page summary to include:

    • A clear and concise statement of the scientific mission of the proposed EFRC and a set of integrated four-year research goals designed to support that mission;
    • A description of the research methods and approaches that will be used to achieve the goals of the EFRC;
    • An explanation of the importance of the proposed research and its potential scientific impact;
    • A discussion of how the proposed research is responsive to the objectives of this FOA.
  • Formatting Guidelines:

    • Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
    • Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
    • Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

Questions concerning the limited submissions process may be submitted to limitedsubs@psu.edu.

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 4:00pm
Susan Trolier-McKinstry (MatSE, E&MS); Rongming Chu (Elec. Eng, CoE), 12/19/2019