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March 2020

Energy-Related Funding Opportunities

Rolling Deadline:

Department of Energy DCL solicits ideas on how to contribute DOE resources to address COVID-19
Rolling, Reviews of Submissions began on March 18, 2020
DOE requests input on strategic, priority research directions that may be undertaken using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure

USMA Releases BAA on Research Topics Related to Army Technologies
White papers accepted on a Rolling basis through March 31, 2025
U.S. Military Academy (USMA) seeks research proposals targeting basic knowledge and understanding than can enable new and significant improvements to Army capabilities and technologies. The BAA topics of interest include: 1) Socio-Cultural; 2) Information Technology; 3) Ballistics, Weapons, and Protections; 4) Energy and Sustainability; 5) Materials, Measurements, and Facilities; 6) Unmanned Systems and Space; 7) Human Support Systems; and 8) Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Quantum Technologies.


IARPA Releases Robust Energy Sources for Intelligence Logistics in Extreme Novel and Challenging Environments (RESILIENCE) Draft BAA
This program seeks to “develop reliable sources of power that have high energy density, high power density, long calendar life, quiet operation, and robustness to extreme environmental conditions to meet the Intelligence Community’s needs. A webinar from their Proposer's Day is available here.

DOE Atmospheric Systems Research (ASR) Funding Opportunity Likely for FY 2021
This funding solicitation will likely follow the FY 2020 ASR FOA (linked above) that use observations, including DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement user facilities, to advance fundamental understanding of the cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiation processes across a range of scales to improve the predictability of the Earth’s radiative balance and hydrologic cycle.  Research topics are likely to include aerosol, warm boundary-layer atmospheric, convective cloud, and Southern Ocean cloud and aerosol processes.  

DOE Earth System Modeling (ESM) Funding Opportunity Likely for FY 2021
This funding call will likely follow the FY 2020 ESM FOA (linked above) and support the development, coupling and testing of global climate model systems. The focus is on developing and applying a computationally advanced climate and Earth system model to investigate the challenges posed by the interactions of climate change with energy and related sectors.  This includes atmospheric dynamics, clouds and chemistry; ocean dynamics and biogeochemistry; sea-ice and dynamic land-ice systems; land hydrology and biogeochemistry; and representations of human activities that have important interactions with climate.

DOE Early Career Research Program Likely for FY 2021
Anticipated November 2020
This is an annual solicitation usually released by January, supports all six programs including biological, earth and environmental science and the topics change each year.  In FY 2020, the topic area for biological sciences was “fundamental systems biology-driven research on the roles of microbiomes in biogeochemical cycling processes.”  For earth and environmental sciences, the topic area was “earth and environmental systems modeling focused on coastal systems.”

Energy-related engagement opportunities:

DOE Releases Draft and RFI for community feedback on the Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap
Responses due August 21, 2020
Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a Draft Roadmap for the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, along with a request for information (RFI) seeking community feedback.  The roadmap is based on input from academic, industry, and national lab researchers at virtual workshops held in Spring/Summer 2020.  The roadmap highlights a Department-wide strategy for accelerating storage technologies: “Innovate Here, Make Here, Deploy Everywhere.”  The Energy Storage Grand Challenge will focus on five tracks:
1. Technology Development;
2. Manufacturing and Supply Chain;
3. Technology Transition;
4. Policy and Valuation; and
5. Workforce Development.

DOE Highlights Future Research Directions for Advanced Scientific Computing Research
Background - keep through June 30, 2021
ASCR’s future research directions include AI, QIS, strategic computing, and next-generation communications, specifically:

  • Quantum Internet: providing foundational building blocks; integrating multiple quantum networking devices; creating, repeating switching and routing for quantum entanglement; and enabling error correction of quantum networking functions.
  • AI for Science
  • 5G-enabled Energy Innovation: revolutionize wireless communication in extreme environments; reinvent scientific instrumentation and national infrastructure with wireless technology; reinvent digital continuum; revolutionize AI-enabled edge computing; and accelerate innovation through user community testbeds
  • Future Scientific Methodologies, including: major shifts in how science will be conducted; future interfaces; and future computing facilities and data management/processing
  • Data reduction
  • Exascale Transition

DOE Releases 2020 Lawrence Award Call for Nominations 
Nominations due October 1, 2020
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science invites nominations for the 2020 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Awards, which recognizes mid-career U.S. scientists and engineers for exceptional contributions and achievements in research and development supporting the broad missions of the U.S. Department of Energy and its programs to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. Awards will be considered in nine categories: Atomic, Molecular, and Chemical Sciences; Biological and Environmental Sciences; Computer, Information, and Knowledge Sciences; Condensed Matter and Materials Sciences; Energy Science and Innovation; Fusion and Plasma Sciences; High Energy Physics; National Security and Nonproliferation; and Nuclear Physics.

DOE  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program accepting 2021 Spring applications 
Student applications due October 7, 2020
SULI encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

DOE's JUMP into STEM Launches Three New Challenges for Building Energy Efficiency
Student submissions due November 3, 2020
Developed by building science researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the challenges focus on Advanced Building Construction Methods, Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB), and Building Energy Audit for Residential or Commercial Buildings. The competition encourages participation from student groups who are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as teams consisting of a broad variety of majors. Winners will receive paid internships during summer 2021 at either ORNL or NREL.