U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Frontier Research Centers 2017

Published November 30, 2017

UB Letter of Intent due Dec. 18, 2017


U.S. Department of Energy


U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Frontier Research Centers 2017.  The solicitation can be found at Energy Frontier Research Centers


The EFRC program, initiated in 2009, brings together the skills, talents and expertise of teams of scientists to perform energy-relevant, basic research with a scope and complexity beyond what is possible in standard single-investigator or small-group awards. These multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary centers enable, encourage and accelerate transformative scientific advances for the most challenging topics in materials sciences, chemical sciences, geosciences and biosciences. EFRCs conduct fundamental research focused on one or more “grand challenges,” ”transformative opportunities” and “basic research needs” identified in major strategic planning efforts by BES and the scientific community.

The Office of Basic Energy Sciences announces the re-competition of the Energy Frontier Research Centers and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications must 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 these reports are described here: Basic Research Needs Report. To be responsive, applications must propose scientific research that address priority research directions listed in the FOA. 


UB may submit up to three applications as the lead organization.


DOE expects to make multiple EFRC awards of $2 to $4 million/year for a period of up to four years. Total funding up to $98,874,000 annually is expected to be available to support the awards from this FOA.


Due to the limited number of applications, if you or your colleagues are interested in applying, please submit an internal letter of intent to Dr. Kenneth Tramposch at ovpr.limitedsubmission@research.buffalo.edu by December 18, 2017.

The letter should include:

  1. Two-page summary of the project describing the scientific mission of the EFRC and a set of integrated four-year research goals designed to support the mission. 
  2. Clear statement of how the research proposed is responsive to the FOA in the 2-page document.  
  3. List of the participants and partner institutions who will participate in the project should be attached to the project summary.

If your proposal is selected, the full application deadline is April 11, 2018.