Energy Frontier Research Centers

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces the call for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) proposals and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications will be required to address priority research directions and opportunities identified in recent BES workshop and roundtable reports, the scientific grand challenges identified in the report Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination, and the opportunities described in the report Challenges at the Frontiers of Matter and Energy: Transformative Opportunities for Discovery Science. 

BES is soliciting proposals in four (4) topical areas: 1) Environmental Management (new and renewal proposals); 2) Quantum Information Science (new proposals only); 3) Microelectronics (new proposals only); and 4) Polymer Upcycling (new proposals only). Funding will be competitively awarded to the successful Energy Frontier Research Center applications selected by Federal officials, based on a rigorous merit review process as detailed in Section V of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

An entity may not submit more than two applications as the lead organization. If more than two applications are received from an institution, DOE will consider only the first two applications that match a qualified pre-application (as described below in Section IV.B.2). The remaining applications will be deemed non-responsive and rejected without further review. However, there is no limitation on the number of applications in which a specific entity may participate as a subawardee (team member).


  • Duke Internal Deadline: Dec. 23, 2019
  • Required Pre-application: Jan. 16, 2020
  • Application: April 7, 2020

Agency Website



Amount Description

DOE expects to make multiple EFRC awards for a period of up to four years for each award. While this funding opportunity does not provide for multi-year appropriations, total funding of up to $160,000,000 ($40,000,000 annually funded per year) is expected to be available to support the awards from this FOA. DOE is under no obligation to pay for any costs associated with preparation or submission of applications. DOE reserves the right to fund, in whole or in part, any, all, or none of the applications submitted in response to this FOA.

Ceiling: $4,000,000 per award per year ($16,000,000 per award for a 4-year period)

Floor: $2,000,000 per award per year ($8,000,000 per award for a 4-year period)

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.

  • Cover page containing:

    • Pre-application Title (this is the EFRC Name)
    • Lead Principal Investigator Name, Job Title, Email address (this is the EFRC Director)
    • Lead Organization
    • List of all Partner Organizations
    • Funding Opportunity Announcement Number: DE-FOA-0002204
    • Signed by Dean and Lead PI
  • Narrative Description (1 page) containing:  
    • A clear and concise statement of the scientific mission of the proposed EFRC
    • An explicit set of four-year research goals designed to support that mission

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

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here:

Internal Deadline

December 23, 2019

External Deadline

January 16, 2020