Date Open: 
Department of Energy
ORD Notice of Intent Deadline: 
Agency Deadline: 
Limit per Institution: 
3 - 2 are filled - 1 slot available
Important Notes: 
required Pre-Applications:  February 15, 2022, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced a re-competition of the Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) program and encourages both new and renewal proposals. 

  • The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), can be found on the BES website and on  The EFRC program aims to advance a fundamental understanding of chemical sciences, materials sciences, geosciences, and biosciences that is relevant to addressing our biggest challenges in clean energy and climate, advanced and low-carbon manufacturing, and other priority areas such as quantum information science. EFRC basic research will continue to support cross-DOE initiatives including the Energy Earthshots

  • Letter of Intent due to Research Office:  Monday, January 10, 2022 -  while this deadline has passed - two slots are filled.  One is still available  - email  
  • Submission Deadline for required Pre-Applications:  February 15, 2022, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Pre-Application Response Date:  March 22, 2022
  • Submission Deadline for Applications:  May 3, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

D. LIMITATIONS ON SUBMISSIONS   -3 -  Applicant institutions are limited to no more than three pre-applications or applications.

  • DOE will consider the latest received submissions that have institutional support to be the institution’s intended submissions. As described in Section IV, institutional support for pre-applications will be determined based on the required signature of the institutional official on the pre-application cover page.
  • Pre-applications without institutional support may be discouraged.
  • Pre-applications in excess of the limited number of submissions may be discouraged.
  • Applications in excess of the limited number of submissions may be declined without review.
  • An individual may not be named as the PI (EFRC Director) on more than one pre-application or application. Directors of existing EFRC awards that do not have project end dates in 2022 cannot be named as the EFRC Director on any pre-application or application in response to this FOA.


Review the FOA - specifically pages 3-5 for the required science focus areas - fundamental scientific research only. 
  1. Cover Page with the following information: (1-2 pages)

Grant Competition: DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers

Proposal Title:

Submitting Unit: (Department, School, College, or Center)

Investigators:  Please complete Table 1. Include name(s), rank(s), and affiliations(s) of senior/key personnel, and clearly identify lead PI and co-PI(s)

Table 1: Senior/Key personnel on the application and institutional affiliations

                                       Senior/Key Personnel Table
Last Name                   First Name                                Institution
  1. Project Description (3-page limit)

A brief description of the proposed effort written for a review panel composed to mirror the review panel of the agency/program. 

    • A clear and concise statement of the scientific mission of the proposed EFRC and a set of integrated four-year research goals designed to support that mission
    • A description of the research methods and approaches that will be used to achieve the goals of the EFRC
    • An explanation of the importance of the proposed research and its potential scientific impact
    • A discussion of how the proposed research is responsive to the objectives of this FOA
    • A short statement of competitiveness (i.e., what you think will discriminate your proposal from the competition, including anything you have done to pre-position yourself/your team for this funding opportunity)
  1. CV and Current and Pending Support (3 pages - lead-PI only) – standard 2-page biosketch and 1 page for current and pending with explanations.  Describe the overlap of current grants and proposed EFRC submission. If there is no overlap, this should be stated.  If this is a resubmission, attach reviews from the previous submission.