To be eligible for the program, a researcher must be an untenured, tenure-track assistant or associate professor at a U.S. academic institution or a full-time employee at a DOE national laboratory. The applicant must also have received a Ph.D. within the past ten years. University awards average around $750,000 for five years and national laboratory awards average around $2,500,000 for five years.
The DOE Office of Science is the Nation’s largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences. Early career researchers may apply to one of eight Office of Science program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences; Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics; Nuclear Physics; Accelerator R&D and Production; and Isotope R&D and Production. Proposed research topics must fall within the programmatic priorities of DOE’s Office of Science, which are provided in the program announcements. Funding will be competitively awarded on the basis of peer review.
Pre-applications are mandatory and are due on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Full proposals will be due on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Only those applicants that receive notification from DOE encouraging a formal proposal may submit full proposals.
For each of the last 12 years of this program, an average of 42 university and 23 national laboratory awards have been initiated each year.
Further information can be found on the Office of Science funding opportunities page.