Announcement of 2020 Awards for the Early Career Research Program

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of 76 scientists from across the nation – including 26 from DOE’s national laboratories and 50 from U.S. universities – to receive significant funding for research as part of the DOE Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program.  The effort, now in its eleventh year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

Under the program, university-based researchers will receive grants for at least $150,000 per year and researchers based at DOE national laboratories will receive grants for at least $500,000 per year.  The research grants are planned for five years and will cover salary and research expenses.

To be eligible for the DOE award, 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, who received a Ph.D. within the past 10 years.  Research topics are required to fall within one of the Department's Office of Science's six major program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics.

Awardees were selected from a large pool of university- and national laboratory-based applicants.  Selection was based on peer review by outside scientific experts.  Projects announced today are selections for negotiation of financial award.  The final details for each project award are subject to final grant and contract negotiations between DOE and the awardees.

The list of the planned awards for 2020 and the abstracts for the 2020 and prior year awards under this program are listed below.

List of Planned Awards

FY 2021 funding opportunity:  The announcement for the 2021 Early Career Research Program is pending.  An update for the 2021 funding opportunity will be posted after October 1, 2020.