Energy Frontier Research Centers

U.S. Department of Energy

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements.  Texas A&M University 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:  A specific entity may not submit more than a total of three new and/or renewal applications as the lead organization.

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

Proposal Limit: 3

Summary:  The 21st century brings with it significant challenges for advanced energy technologies, but as history has proven, major breakthroughs in clean energy technologies will likely be built on a deep foundation of basic research advances. Solar photovoltaic technology has its roots in Einstein’s early twentieth-century paper on the photoelectric effect. The electronics used to improve the efficiency of today’s internal combustion engine have their root in the transistor, whose development was enabled by the discovery of quantum mechanics. Key to exploiting such discoveries is the ability to create new materials using sophisticated synthesis and processing techniques, precisely define the atomic arrangements in matter, and control physical and chemical transformations. The energy systems of the future will revolve around materials and chemical changes that convert energy from one form to another. To control chemical reactions or to generate electricity from solar photons requires coordination of multiple steps, each carried out by customized materials with designed nanoscale structures. Such advanced materials must be designed and fabricated to exacting standards using principles revealed by basic science.

In 2009, the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science established the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program. These integrated, multi-investigator centers involve various combinations of researchers at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit firms. The EFRCs have conducted fundamental research focused on one or more “grand challenges” and use-inspired “basic research needs” identified in major strategic planning efforts by BES and the scientific community. These centers bring together the skills and talents of teams of investigators to perform energy-relevant basic research with a scope and complexity beyond that possible in standard single-investigator or small-group projects. The multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary nature of these centers fosters an environment in which innovations are encouraged and scientific breakthroughs accelerated to provide the basis for transformative energy technologies. The EFRCs pursue the fundamental understanding necessary to enhance U.S. energy security and to meet the global need for abundant, clean, and economical energy.

The Office of Basic Energy Sciences announces the re-competition of the Energy Frontier Research Centers and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications will be required to address both use-inspired priority research directions identified by the series of “Basic Research Needs” reports and scientific grand challenges identified in the report Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination, both of which are described below. In addition, as appropriate, applicants are encouraged to consider the incorporation of research approaches outlined in the following two reports: 1) Computational Materials Science and Chemistry: Accelerating Discovery and Innovation through Simulation-Based Engineering and Science; and 2) From Quanta to the Continuum: Opportunities for Mesoscale Science. All of these reports can be found here: 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).

Dates: **Short Turnaround**

October 17, 2013: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

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October 21, 2013: 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 1-3 page research plan summary, bio-sketch, and 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.

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

October 28, 2013: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

November 13, 2013: Required Letter of Intent due to sponsor (by 5 p.m. Eastern Time)

January 9, 2014: Sponsor deadline for the full application (due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time). 

 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.