Early Career Research Program, Office of Science

Sponsor:Department of Energy
Learn More:Early Career Research Program, Office of Science
LOI:1/25/2018 Preapplication
Deadline:4/4/2018 for invited applications
Award Max:Minimum of $750,000 over 5 years, can be higher, but encouraged to stay close to minimum as possible
Eligibility: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. 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 2007 are eligible. There can be no co-Principal Investigators. Principal investigator means the scientist or other individual designated by the recipient to direct the project. Each Principal Investigator may only submit one Office of Science Early Career Research Program application per annual competition. Additionally, a Principal Investigator may not participate in more than three Office of Science Early Career Research Program competitions. There is NOT a U.S. citizenship requirement for the Principal Investigator or any project participants. Principal Investigators of early career awards funded by other agencies or entities are eligible, but the proposed research must have a scope different from that already funded by the other organization. Principal Investigators who have received awards previously under the Office of Science Early Career Research Program are not eligible. If a Principal Investigator has multiple doctorates, the discipline of the one they have earned within the ten-year eligibility window should be relevant to the proposed research. Letters of recommendation are not allowed. Applications that include recommendation letters will be subject to elimination from consideration during DOE’s initial review. A department chair letter is not required and should not be included. The Principal Investigator must be employed in the eligible position as of the closing date for this FOA.
The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program 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 the areas supported by the DOE Office of Science.​
Category(s): physical-science, mathematics, computer-science, life-science