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University of Wisconsin–Madison

DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) 2020

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Physical & Biological Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:November 19, 2019
Subject:DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) 2020


Deadline for Internal Review:November 27, 2019

Project Description

The U.S. Department of Energy recently released this funding opportunity. Please note the abbreviated timeline.

As world demand for energy rapidly expands, transforming the way energy is collected, stored, and used has become a defining challenge of the 21st century. At its heart, this challenge is a scientific one, inspiring the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) to establish the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program in 2009. The EFRCs represent a unique approach, bringing together creative, multi-disciplinary scientific teams to tackle the toughest scientific challenges preventing advances in energy technologies. These centers take full advantage of powerful new tools for characterizing, understanding, modeling, and manipulating matter from atomic to macroscopic length scales. They also train the next-generation scientific workforce by attracting talented students and postdoctoral researchers interested in energy science.

BES is soliciting proposals in four (4) topical areas:

  1. Environmental Management (new and renewal proposals);
  2. Quantum Information Science (new proposals only);
  3. Microelectronics (new proposals only); and
  4. Polymer Upcycling (new proposals only).


Amount per Award:      $2- $4 million per year
Number of Awards:       The award size will depend on the merit review , the number of meritorious applications, and the availability of appropriated funds.


UW–Madison may submit no more than two proposals.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, attach a single PDF to an email to:
Please include the following information:

  • Cover sheet (title, contact information of lead PI and key personnel, partner departments and partner organizations)
  • CV for lead PI and key co-PI’s
  • 1-2 page description of the proposed project and how it is responsive to the objectives of the FOA

Sponsor Deadlines

Pre-Applications are due to DOE by January 16, 2020. Applications are due to DOE by April 07, 2020.