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, and Nuclear Physics. 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 (DE-FOA-0002181) is our annual, broad, open solicitation that covers all of the research areas in the SC and is open throughout the Fiscal Year.

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 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. 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will remain open until September 30, 2020 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) Research and Evaluation Prototypes

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) X-ray Scattering (i) Neutron Scattering (j) Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopies (k) Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences (l) Gas Phase Chemical Physics (m) Computation and Theoretical Chemistry (n) Condensed Phase and Interfacial Molecular Science (o) Catalysis Science (p) Separation Science (q) Heavy Element Chemistry (r) Geosciences (s) Solar Photochemistry (t) Photosynthetic Systems (u) Physical Biosciences (v) 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 and Spherical Tokamak (b) Burning Plasma Science: Foundations—Theory & Simulation (c) Burning Plasma Science: Long Pulse—Tokamak & Stellarator (d) Burning Plasma Science: Long Pulse—Materials & Fusion Nuclear Science (e) Discovery Plasma Science: Plasma Science Frontiers (f) Discovery Plasma Science: Measurement Innovation 

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) Computational Research in High Energy Physics (f) Accelerator Science and Technology Research & Development in High Energy Physics (g) Detector Research and Development in High Energy Physics (h) HEP – Quantum Information Science (QIS)

6. Nuclear Physics (NP) (a) Medium Energy Nuclear Physics (b) Heavy Ion Nuclear Physics (c) Nuclear Structure and Astrophysics (d) Fundamental Symmetries (e) Nuclear Theory (f) Nuclear Data (g) Nuclear Theory Computing (h) Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (i) Accelerator Research and Development for Current and Future Nuclear Physics Facilities (j) NP Quantum Information Science (QIS)​

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

September 30, 2020