Energy Frontier Research Centers

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces a re-competition of the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications from multi-disciplinary teams will be required to propose discovery science and use-inspired basic research that addresses priority research directions and opportunities identified by a series of BES workshop and roundtable reports. The focus of the EFRC program is on fundamental scientific research, therefore applications to this FOA must not propose applied research and technology development activities.

BES is soliciting renewal applications for basic science in three topical areas: 1) Transformative manufacturing, 2) Quantum information science (QIS), and 3) Environmental management. BES is soliciting new applications for basic science in two topical areas: 1) Co-design of materials and processes to revolutionize microelectronics and/or QIS fabrication, and 2) Environmental management.

Applicant institutions are limited to no more than two pre-applications or applications as the lead institution.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: Feb. 2, 2024
  • Required Pre-application: Feb. 28, 2024
  • Application: May 8, 2024

​​​​​​​NOTE: If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email to find out if it is still open.

Agency Website

Amount Description

DOE anticipates that award sizes will range from $2,000,000 per year to $4,000,000 per year. For renewal applications, notwithstanding the “Floor” identified below, DOE may consider limited-term renewal awards to allow for the completion of research projects and orderly closeout of EFRCs that do not merit long-term continued support. Annual funding for such awards could fall below the $2,000,000 floor. Recognizing that new centers take some time to ramp up full operations, for new awards DOE will likely award less funding in Year 1 of the four-year project period than in subsequent years.
A multi-institutional team is limited to a request of no more than $4,000,000 per year.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

Submit 1-2 pages (modified and condensed version of the pre-application) of the following content in a single PDF file:

  • Identify the lead and other institutions that are part of this EFRC (include senior team members from each institution, if known.)
  • Provide a clear and concise statement of the scientific mission of the proposed EFRC.
  • Identify a set of four-year research goals designed to support that mission.
  • Summarize the research methods and approaches that will be used to achieve the goals of this EFRC.
  • Provide a statement of the potential scientific impact of the proposed research and the need for an integrated, multi-disciplinary research team.
  • Identify the Priority Research Directions (PRDs) and Priority Research Opportunities (PROs) that inform the work of this EFRC. These reports/links are identified in Section I of the EFRC FOA.

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code: ILN)

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials:

Internal Deadline

February 2, 2024

External Deadline

February 28, 2024