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Department of Energy Early Career Research Program

The Department of Energy Office of Science (SC) has released the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and National Laboratory Announcement (NLA) for its Early Career Research program.  The program supports talented university and National Laboratory researchers early in their careers with the long-term goal of nurturing a scientific workforce capable of meeting SC mission needs.   The program is applicable across all six SC program offices, and the full FOA outlines specific needs within each that proposers must address.  Pre-applications are required and are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 6, 2019.  The SC will respond to pre-applications by March 8, 2019, encouraging or discouraging full applications.  Only those pre-applications encouraged will be allowed to submit full applications.  The deadline for full applications is April 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Early Career Research Program opportunities exist in multiple research programs, including:

  1. Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR);
  2. Biological and Environmental Research (BER);
  3. Basic Energy Sciences (BES);
  4. Fusion Energy Sciences (FES);
  5. High Energy Physics (HEP), and
  6. Nuclear Physics (NP)

Multiple topics are included in each opportunity area and described in the FOA.

Eligible applicants include untenured Assistant or Associate Professors who are on the tenure track at a domestic institution.  Applicants must also have acquired their Ph.D. no more than 10 years prior to submitting a proposal.  

The present competition represents a significant expansion of the program over previous years.  For FY 2019, SC intends to allocate $49 million for the program—$19 million above the FY 2018 FOA—to support up to 65 researchers.  Individual award sizes will likely average $750,000 over five years.

The full FOA is at https://science.energy.gov/~/media/grants/pdf/foas/2019/SC_FOA_0002019.pdf