Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

The Office of Science (SC) of the Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Isotope R&D and Production, and Accelerator R&D and Production. On September 3, 1992, DOE published in the Federal Register the Office of Energy Research Financial Assistance Program (now called the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program), 10 CFR 605, as a Final Rule, which contained a solicitation for this program. Information about submission of applications, eligibility, limitations, evaluation and selection processes and other policies and procedures are specified in 10 CFR 605.

This FOA is our annual, broad, open solicitation that covers all research areas in SC and is open throughout the Fiscal Year. Any research within SC’s Congressionally-authorized mission may be proposed under this FOA.

The SC mission is to deliver 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 28 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.

This FOA will remain open until September 30, 2024, or until replaced by a successor FOA. Applications may be submitted any time during that period.

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Areas of Interest

1. Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) (a) Applied Mathematics (b) Computer Science (c) Computational Partnerships (d) Advanced Computing Technologies

2. Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (a) Materials Chemistry (b) Biomolecular Materials (c) Synthesis and Processing Science (d) Experimental Condensed Matter Physics (e) Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics (f) Physical Behavior of Materials (g) Mechanical Behavior and Radiation Effects (h) Quantum Information Science in Materials Sciences and Engineering (i) X-ray Scattering (j) Neutron Scattering (k) Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopies (l) Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences (m) Gas Phase Chemical Physics (n) Computational and Theoretical Chemistry (o) Condensed Phase and Interfacial Molecular Science (p) Quantum Information Science Research in Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences (q) Catalysis Science (r) Separation Science (s) Heavy Element Chemistry (t) Geosciences (u) Solar Photochemistry (v) Photosynthetic Systems (w) Physical Biosciences (x) BES Accelerator and Detector Research

3. Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (a) Biological Systems Science (b) Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences

4. Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) (a) Burning Plasma Science: Foundations—Advanced Tokamak (b) Enabling Research and Development (c) Burning Plasma Science: Foundations—Spherical Tokamak (d) Burning Plasma Science: Foundations—Theory & Simulation (e) Burning Plasma Science: Long Pulse—Tokamak (f) Burning Plasma Science: Long Pulse—Stellarator (g) Burning Plasma Science: Long Pulse—Materials (h) Burning Plasma Science: Long Pulse—Fusion Nuclear Science (i) Discovery Plasma Science: Plasma Science and Technology—General Plasma Science (j) Discovery Plasma Science: Plasma Science and Technology—High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas (k) Discovery Plasma Science: Measurement Innovation (l) Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Fusion & Plasma Sciences (m) Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE) Research Partnerships

5. High Energy Physics (HEP) (a) Experimental Research at the Energy Frontier in High Energy Physics (b) Experimental Research at the Intensity Frontier in High Energy Physics (c) Experimental Research at the Cosmic Frontier in High Energy Physics (d) Theoretical Research in High Energy Physics (e) Accelerator Science and Technology Research and Development in High Energy Physics (f) Detector Research and Development in High Energy Physics (g) Computational Research in High Energy Physics (h) Quantum Information Science for High Energy Physics Research

6. Nuclear Physics (NP) (a) Medium Energy Nuclear Physics (b) Heavy Ion Nuclear Physics (c) Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Astrophysics (d) Fundamental Symmetries (e) Nuclear Theory (f) Nuclear Data (g) Nuclear Physics Computing (h) Advanced Technology R&D for Accelerators and Applications (i) NP Quantum Information Science (QIS)

7. Isotope R&D and Production (DOE IP) (a) Targetry and Isotope Production Research (b) Nuclear and Radiochemical Separation, Purification and Radiochemical Synthesis (c) Biological Tracers, Imaging, and Therapeutics (d) Isotopic Enrichment Technology

8. Accelerator R&D and Production (ARDAP)

Amount Description

Ceiling: Historically, the largest research awards made under this annual FOA received $5,000,000 in annual funding.

Floor: Historically, the smallest research awards made under the annual FOA received $5,000 in annual funding.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

September 30, 2024