DOE Early Career Research Program

see PIVOT notice  $750,000USD

The Office of Science hereby invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and EnvironmentalResearch (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP). The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the DOE Office of Science.

Program opportunities exist in the following research programs:
I. Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)
To advance applied mathematics and computer science; deliver the most advanced computational scientific applications in partnership with disciplinary science; advance computing and networking capabilities; and develop future generations of computing hardware and tools for science, in partnership with the research community, including U.S. industry.

The strategy to accomplish this has two thrusts: developing and maintaining world-class computing and network facilities for science; and advancing research in applied mathematics, computer science, and advanced networking.
(a) Applied Mathematics
(b) Computer Science
(c) Next Generation Networking for Science

II. Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
To support fundamental research and scientific user facilities to achieve a predictive understanding of complex biological, climatic, and environmental systems for a secure and sustainable energy future.
(a) Systems biology-enabled research on the role of microbes and microbial communities in the plant-soil-environment interactions
(b) Improved Understanding of Tropical Forest Ecosystems to Climate Change
(c) Human Component of Earth System Models

III. Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
To support fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels in order to provide the foundations for new energy technologies and to support DOE missions in energy, environment, and national security.
(a) Materials Chemistry
(b) Biomolecular Materials
(c) Synthesis and Processing Science
(d) Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
(e) Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
(f) Physical Behavior of Materials
(g) Mechanical Behavior and Radiation Effects
(h) X-ray Scattering
(i) Neutron Scattering
(j) Electron and Scanning Probe Microscopies
(k) Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Sciences (AMOS)
(l) Gas Phase Chemical Physics (GPCP)
(m) Computation and Theoretical Chemistry 2
(n) Condensed Phase and Interfacial Molecular Science (CPIMS)
(o) Catalysis Science
(p) Separations and Analysis
(q) Heavy Element Chemistry (HEC)
(r) Geosciences Research
(s) Solar Photochemistry
(t) Photosynthetic Systems
(u) Physical Biosciences
(v) Nanoscale Science Research Centers and Electron-Beam Microcharacterization Centers Research
(w) Accelerator and Detector Research
(x) X-ray Instrumentation and Technique Development
(y) Neutron Scattering Instrumentation and Technique Development

IV. Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)
To expand the fundamental understanding of matter at very high temperatures and densities and to build the scientific foundation needed to develop a fusion energy source. This is accomplished through the study of plasma, the fourth state of matter, and how it interacts with its surroundings.
(a) Magnetic Fusion Energy Science Experimental Research
(b) Magnetic Fusion Energy Science Theory and Simulation
(c) High-Energy-Density Plasma Science
(d) General Plasma Science Experiment and Theory
(e) Fusion Nuclear Science, Materials Research and Enabling R&D Programs for Fusion

V. High Energy Physics (HEP)
To understand how the universe works at its most fundamental level by discovering the elementary constituents of matter and energy, probing the interactions between them, and exploring the basic nature of space and time.
(a) Experimental Research at the Energy Frontier in High Energy Physics
(b) Experimental Research at the Intensity Frontier in High Energy Physics
(c) Experimental Research at the Cosmic Frontier in High Energy Physics
(d) Theoretical Research in High Energy Physics
(e) Accelerator Science and Technology Research & Development in High Energy Physics
(f) Detector Research and Development in High Energy Physics

VI. Nuclear Physics (NP)
To discover, explore, and understand all forms of nuclear matter. Although the fundamental particles that compose nuclear matter – quarks and gluons – are themselves relatively well understood, exactly how they interact and combine to form the different types of matter observed in the universe today and during its evolution remains largely unknown.
(a) Medium Energy Nuclear Physics
(b) Heavy Ion Nuclear Physics
(c) Low Energy Nuclear Physics
(d) Nuclear Theory
(e) Nuclear Data and Nuclear Theory Computing
(f) Accelerator Research and Development for Current and Future Nuclear Physics Facilities
(g) Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications

DOE will accept new applications under this FOA.