Program Summary

Program Summary

DOE seeks proposals for new and renewed Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). DOE expects to make available up to $100 million for the EFRCs in fiscal year (FY) 2014 funding once approved by Congress.

The EFRCs are one of the innovation models created by the Obama Administration to tackle barriers to the development of transformative energy technologies. The EFRCs are small groups of multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional researchers carrying out “use-inspired” basic research on the scientific grand challenges and basic research needs outlined in a series of DOE reports over the past decade.

DOE anticipates making awards from $2 million to $4 million per Center per year for a five-year period, or from $10 million to $20 million per center in total. Funding cannot be used for the construction of new buildings or additions to existing buildings.

There are currently 46 EFRCs, which were originally funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in FY 2009. Of the original 46 centers, 16 were fully funded by ARRA, and the remaining 30 were supported by $100 million in annual base funding. DOE has announced plans to continue the program with up to $100 million in annual funding to support approximately 30 centers. The President appears unlikely to get congressional approval for an additional $68.7 million requested in his FY 2014 budget request to fully fund additional centers.

Application Limits

Application Limits

Entities may not submit more than a total of three new and renewal LOIs as the lead organization.

Additional Information

A synopsis of the EFRC FOA and a link to the full FOA (DE-FOA-0000987) can be found at https://www.fedconnect.net/fedconnect?doc=DE-FOA-0000987&agency=DOE.
A list of the current EFRCs eligible to compete for a second round of funding can be found at http://science.energy.gov/bes/efrc/centers/.
A list of the Basic Research Needs reports and the Grand Challenges reports can be found at http://science.energy.gov/bes/news-and-resources/reports/.
General information on the EFRCs can be found at http://science.energy.gov/bes/efrc/.

Additional Information

Deadlines

UIC Letter of Intent
October 12, 2013
UIC Internal Competition
N/A
Sponsor Letter of Intent
N/A
Sponsor Application
January 9, 2014

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will be posted if necessary.

eLOI Form & Instructions – Adobe Acrobat Requirements

  1. Download the file directly to your computer or to a disk, right click on the link, then select "save link as" or "save target as" from the dropdown options.
  2. Open eLOI.
  3. Position the hand pointer inside a form field and click.
    • To accept the field change and go to the next field, press Tab or use your mouse to click on the next form field.
    • To accept the field change and go to the previous field, press Shift + Tab or use your mouse to click on the previous form field.
  4. Complete the form fields.
  5. After completing the form, click “Save” then click “Submit to RDS@uic.edu”.

Letter of Intent (LOI): eLOI Form (Fillable PDF*)

*Please note:

  • Fields highlighted in red are required to successfully submit the form.
  • Do not print then submit scanned version of e-LOI via email.

Please contact Tony Halford at ahalford@uic.edu or 6-7036 with any questions.

If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact RDS@uic.edu for further information.