The Office of Basic Energy Sciences announces the re-competition of the Energy Frontier Research Centers and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications will be required to address both use-inspired priority research directions identified by the series of “Basic Research Needs” reports and scientific grand challenges identified in the report Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination, both of which are described below. In addition, as appropriate, applicants are encouraged to consider the incorporation of research approaches outlined in the following two reports: 1) Computational Materials Science and Chemistry: Accelerating Discovery and Innovation through Simulation-Based Engineering and Science; and 2) From Quanta to the Continuum: Opportunities for Mesoscale Science. All of these reports can be found here: http://science.energy.gov/bes/news-and-resources/reports/.
A specific entity may not submit more than a total of three new and/or renewal applications as the lead organization. However, there is no limitation on the number of applications in which a specific entity may participate as a team member or subcontractor. An individual may not be named as the EFRC Director on more than one application.
The maximum total amount of funds DOE will provide for individual awards, including teaming arrangements, is $4,000,000 annually or $20,000,000 for the five-year project period.
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