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U.S. Department of Energy

Office of Basic Energy Sciences

Energy Frontier Research Centers


Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


Institutional Eligibility:  For-profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit entities1 that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular State or territory of the United States are eligible to apply for funding as the prime recipient (lead organization) or subawardee (team member).


An entity may not submit more than three applications as the lead organization. If more than three applications are received from an institution, DOE will consider only the first three 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).


PI Eligibility:  U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible to apply for funding as a prime recipient (lead organization) or subawardee (team member).


The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


Proposal Limit: 3 (as the lead organization)


Summary:  The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces a recompetition of the Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications will be required to address priority research directions identified by the series of “Basic Research Needs” 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. All of these reports are described below. 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).




December 1, 2017

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 


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December 13, 2017

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.


All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.


Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch (per PI), and preliminary budget.


The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Limited Submission Grant” from the Available Grants section.

If you have any questions, please contact:  or 979.862.2233.


January 10, 2018

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

January 31, 2018

Sponsor deadline for required pre-application.

April 11, 2018

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal.



Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.