Research at the Frontiers Of X-Ray Free Electron Laser Ultrafast Chemical And Materials Sciences

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

The Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announces its interest in receiving applications from small groups of investigators for support of experimental and theoretical efforts to advance ultrafast chemical and materials sciences that utilize x-ray free electron lasers. 

This FOA supports fundamental research for public benefit in materials and chemical sciences enabled by new ultrafast x-ray free electron laser (XFEL) capabilities at LCLS-II and its prospective upgrades ( Applications must focus on XFELbased research and address the Priority Research Opportunities identified in the recent BES Roundtable Report, “Opportunities for Basic Research at the Frontiers of XFEL Ultrafast Science.” Applications should clearly articulate how the research addresses the new scientific opportunities articulated in the Roundtable Report .

The three areas of research articulated in that report are: (1) probing and controlling electron motion within a molecule; (2) discovering novel quantum phases through coherent light-matter coupling; and (3) capturing rare events and intermediate states in the transformation of matter. Applications for relevant theoretical and experimental research involving small groups of investigators will be considered. 

An entity may submit only two letters of intent as the lead organization, and as a result, may submit only two applications. 


  • Duke Internal: April 23, 2018
  • Required Letter of Intent: Apr. 30, 2018
  • Application: May 21, 2018

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

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Amount Description

Ceiling $1,500,000 per year 

Floor $300,000 per year

Research Grant Awards are expected to be made for a period of up to three years as befitting the project. Continuation funding (funding for the second and subsequent budget periods) is contingent on: (1) availability of funds appropriated by Congress and future year budget authority; (2) progress towards meeting the objectives of the approved application; (3) submission of required reports; and (4) compliance with the terms and conditions of the award.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical 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.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* A narrative of up to three pages.

  • a. A brief abstract
  • b. A description of the proposed research, proposed methods of accomplishment. Describe how the research will respond to the priority research opportunities identified in the BES roundtable report This section must include a clear description of the planned use/relevance to XFEL-based ultrafast science.
  • c. Total project cost information.

* CV or Biosketch of project leader

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

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

Internal Deadline

April 23, 2018

External Deadline

April 30, 2018