This is a Limited Submission funding opportunity. Please follow the campus procedure outlined below
Title:  Energy Frontier Research Centers - Limited Submission
Agency:  Department of Energy
Eligibility:  UCSB may submit three Pre-Applications as lead.
Campus Procedure:  

Campus Procedure

Campus Notice of Intent:

Investigators must submit a notice of intent to Kelly Pillsbury at by Friday, December 15th, at 5 p.m. The notice should include:

  • PI Name
  • Names of Co-PIs or collaborators
  • Proposed title


Please submit pre-proposals electronically as one PDF document to no later than 5 p.m. Monday, January 8th. Campus pre-proposals are based on the required DOE Pre-Application and should include (Times New Roman, 12 pt font; 1 inch margins):

  1. Cover page with the following information:
    • Title (this is the EFRC Name)
    • Lead Principal Investigator Name and Department
    • Basic Research Needs Reports addressed by EFRC (list one or more; refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the full list)
    • Grand Challenge(s) addressed by EFRC (list one or more; refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the full list)
    • Transformative Opportunity(s) addressed by EFRC (list one or more; refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the full list)
  2. Project Description: (not to exceed 5 pages)
    • A clear and concise statement of the scientific mission of the proposed EFRC and a set of integrated four-year research goals designed to support that mission;
    • A description of the research methods and approaches that will be used to achieve the goals of the EFRC;
    • An explanation of the importance of the proposed research and its potential scientific impact;
    • A discussion of how the proposed research is responsive to the objectives of this FOA:
      • Specifically, to be responsive the research must address the priority research directions identified in one or more of the Basic Research Needs workshop reports listed in Section I of this FOA; address one or more of the “grand challenges” defined in the report Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination; and embody one or more of the “transformative opportunities” defined in the report Challenges at the Frontiers of Matter and Energy: Transformative Opportunities for Discovery Science.
  1. Senior/key personnel on the application and institutional affiliations
  2. Collaborators for senior/key personnel on the application

 If we receive more potential EFRC submissions than we are authorized to submit, a campus review panel will be convened. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Meredith Murr by phone at ext. 3925 or by e-mail at

Summary:  The EFRC program, initiated in 2009, brings together the skills, talents, and expertise of teams of scientists to perform energy-relevant, basic research with a scope and complexity beyond what is possible in standard single-investigator or small-group awards. These multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary centers enable, encourage, and accelerate transformative scientific advances for the most challenging topics in materials sciences, chemical sciences, geosciences, and biosciences. EFRCs conduct fundamental research focused on one or more “grand challenges,” “transformative opportunities,” and “basic research needs” identified in major strategic planning efforts by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) and the scientific community. BES expects the EFRCs to accelerate scientific breakthroughs in areas relevant to the DOE mission by addressing problems with scope, complexity and risk that are beyond the capabilities of single investigator or small-group projects. Awards will range from approximately $2M - $4M per year for four years.
Solicitation Number:  DE-FOA-0001810
Agency Contact:  Michael D. Hill,
Area(s):  Eng, MLPS
Selected Team(s):  
Notes:  OR has not received any notices of intent. Contact if you are interested in submitting.