DOE anticipates that award sizes will range from $2,000,000 per year to $4,000,000 per year. The award sizes will depend on the merit review, the number of meritorious applications, and the availability of appropriated funds. 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 may award less in Year 1 of the four-year project period than in subsequent years.
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)