Slots: Three. Applicant institutions are limited to a total of no more than 3 pre-applications or applications.
Internal Deadline: This competition is closed and under review.
Pre-Applications: March 16, 2022, 5pm PT
External Deadline: May 17, 2022
Award Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: The exact number of awards will depend on the number of meritorious applications and the availability of appropriated funds.
Anticipated Award Amount: $350,000 (single-PI) or $1,500,000 (multi-PI) per year
Who May Serve as PI: Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as a Principal Investigator (PI) are invited to work with their organizations to develop an application. Individuals from underrepresented groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for assistance.
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the USC Research and Innovation (R&I) Application Portal: https://rii.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
- PIs are welcome to attach a list of co-PIs and participating institutions in the ‘Letter of Support/Other’ field or attach Co-PI CVs in the designated forms. The 5 page maximum on CVs does not apply to Co-PI CVs.
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces its interest in receiving new applications from single principal investigators (PIs) and from small teams to advance basic and fundamental chemical and materials sciences that underpin clean energy technologies and low-carbon manufacturing. The goal is creation of foundational knowledge to support the development of approaches that will minimize climate impacts of energy technologies and manufacturing. For this FOA, clean energy technologies include approaches to capture, produce, convert, store, and use energy that reduce or eliminate unwanted emissions such as greenhouse gases (e.g., carbon dioxide, methane, etc.). These technologies also include approaches such as direct air capture (DAC) and carbon storage/sequestration to decrease emissions that have been released into the environment from energy production and use. Low-carbon manufacturing refers to manufacturing processes that minimize carbon emissions and energy consumption. Investments from this FOA are anticipated to include awards that build foundational knowledge underpinning the Energy Earthshots Initiative.
TA1: Carbon-Neutral Hydrogen
TA2: Solar Energy
TA3: Carbon Dioxide Removal
TA4: Energy Storage
TA5: Nuclear Energy
TA6: Transformative Manufacturing
TA7: Critical Minerals and Materials
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.