Limited Submission: Energy Frontier Research Centers


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).

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount
  • $8,000,000 to $16,000,000
  • For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit entities1 that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular State or territory of the United States are eligible to apply for funding as the lead organization or team member.
  • Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as a Principal Investigator are invited to develop an application. Individuals from underrepresented groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • To be considered eligible for an award under this FOA, potential lead organizations are required to submit a pre-application in accordance with the instructions provided in Section IV.B.2, and to receive notification from DOE that they are allowed to submit a full proposal.
  • The lead organization identified in an application must be the same lead organization identified in the required pre-application.
  • 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.
  • DOE requires all work performed by the prime recipient under funding agreements resulting from this FOA to be performed in the United States – i.e., a prime recipient must expend 100% of its total project costs in the United States.
Selection Criteria

Detailed review criteria can be found on page 57 of the FOA.

Prior to a comprehensive merit evaluation, DOE will perform an initial review in accordance with 10 CFR 605.10(b) to determine that (1) the applicant is eligible for the award; (2) the applicant submitted a pre-application and was allowed to submit a full application; (3) the information required by the FOA has been submitted; (4) all mandatory requirements are satisfied; and (5) the proposed project is responsive to the objectives of this funding opportunity announcement. In particular, to be responsive to the objectives of this FOA, the scientific research proposed in the application must satisfy the following three requirements:

  1. address priority research directions described in one or more of the Roundtable or Basic Research Needs workshop reports listed in Section I;
  2. address one or more of the grand challenges identified in the BESAC report Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination; and
  3. address one or more of the transformative opportunities identified in the BESAC report Challenges at the Frontiers of Matter and Energy: Transformative Opportunities for Discovery Science.

Applications will be subjected to scientific merit review (peer review) and will be evaluated by Merit Review Panels against the following seven criteria, the first five of which will be weighted more heavily than the final two:

  • Scientific and/or Technical Merit of the Proposed Research
  • Appropriateness of the Proposed Method or Approach
  • Strength of the EFRC Management Plan
  • Synergy Among the Principal Investigators, Including Cohesion and Integration of the Research Activities
  • Competency of Applicant’s Personnel and Adequacy of Proposed Resources
  • Reasonableness and Appropriateness of the Proposed Budget
  • Development and/or Utilization of Unique Facilities, Capabilities or Approaches
Limitation Details

An Institution may submit 2 proposals as the lead institution.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae
Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.


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