Department of Energy Releases 2019 Early Career Research Program

The Department of Energy, Office of Science (SC) hereby invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following areas:  Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Biological and Environmental Research (BER), Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES), High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP). The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in areas supports by SC.

Supplementary Information 

SC’s mission is to deliver the scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States. SC is the Nation’s largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences and the lead Federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for our Nation’s energy future.

SC accomplishes its mission and advances national goals by supporting:

• The frontiers of science—exploring nature’s mysteries from the study of fundamental subatomic particles, atoms, and molecules that are the building blocks of the materials of our universe and everything in it to the DNA, proteins, and cells that are the building blocks of life. Each of the programs in SC supports research probing the most fundamental disciplinary questions.

• The 21st Century tools of science—providing the nation’s researchers with 27 state-ofthe-art national scientific user facilities – the most advanced tools of modern science – propelling the U.S. to the forefront of science, technology development and deployment through innovation.

• Science for energy and the environment―paving the knowledge foundation to spur discoveries and innovations for advancing the Department’s mission in energy and environment. SC supports a wide range of funding modalities from single principal investigators to large team-based activities to engage in fundamental research on energy production, conversion, storage, transmission, and use, and on our understanding of the earth systems.

Eligible Individuals 

The Principal Investigator must be an untenured Assistant Professor on the tenure track or an untenured Associate Professor on the tenure track at a U.S. academic institution as of the deadline for the application. Principal investigator (PI) means the scientist or other individual designated by the recipient institution to direct the project.

The Principal Investigator must be employed in the eligible position as of the closing date for this FOA.

No more than ten (10) years can have passed between the year the Principal Investigator’s Ph.D. was awarded and the year that the FOA was issued. For the present competition, those who received doctorates no earlier than 2008 are eligible. If a Principal Investigator has multiple doctorates, the discipline of the one they have earned within the 10-year eligibility window should be relevant to the proposed research.

There can be no co-Principal Investigators.

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