Research Management Group (RMG)

Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Science-Office of Basic Energy Sciences
Energy Frontier Research Center DE-FOA-0001810

This webpage contains the university-wide internal selection process for the limited DoE program. See eligibility.

# pre-proposals permitted: up to 3 pre-proposals from SLAC as lead institution and up to 3 pre-proposals with Stanford as lead institution.

Reminder-the selection process is ONLY required for internal proposals if SLAC is the lead institution or if Stanford is the lead institution. There is no limit to the number of pre-proposals Stanford faculty can participate if another institution is the lead institution. See internal submission guidelines below.

SLAC-Stanford EFRC workshop
To prepare for the EFRC internal proposals which are due Jan. 17th (which are based on the EFRC pre-proposals instructions), please plan to join Stanford faculty and SLAC researchers for this workshop.
Date: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, 10 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m
Location: SLAC Building 53, Trinity Conference Room (1350)
To plan for the meals to be provided at the workshop, please register online via this webpage.
For additional information about EFRCs, please see this webpage:


Internal Dean of Research Office deadline: Wed. Jan. 17, 2018, 5 p.m. (see the internal submission guidelines below)
Applicants notified regarding their selection: Jan. 25, 2018
DoE pre-proposal deadline (for applicants selected to represent Stanford): Jan. 31, 2018, 5 p.m. ETT
[The applicants selected must submit their pre-application electronically through the DOE Office of Science Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) website:]
If invited to submit a full proposal:
Institutional representative (RPM/RMG or CGO/OSR) deadline: April 4, 2018
Full proposal (by invitation only): April 11, 2018 via grantsgov

DoE webpage-guidelines
A PDF file containing the guidelines can be downloaded from this webpage:


Amount of funding: DOE anticipates that award sizes will range from $2,000,000 per year to $4,000,000 per year for 4 years.
Costs sharing is not required.




The EFRCs should bring together world-class scientists from different disciplines to tackle challenging problems in new ways; to provide an environment that encourages high-risk, high-reward research that would not likely be done otherwise; to integrate synthesis, characterization, theory, and computation to accelerate the rate of scientific progress; to develop new, innovative experimental and theoretical tools that illuminate fundamental processes in unprecedented detail; and to create an enthusiastic, inter-disciplinary community of energy-focused scientists. Successful EFRCs will fully exploit this “team science” model, working closely together in an integrated, centrally managed center to address a well-defined set of scientific challenges with a clear focus and well-defined 4-year scientific research goals.

The primary purpose of the EFRCs is to support integrated, multi-disciplinary teams of researchers performing fundamental science; therefore dissemination of results through peer-reviewed publications is a necessary measure of success. In addition, DOE anticipates that some EFRC basic research will have potential technological value. When appropriate, EFRCs are encouraged to file for patent protection. Recipients are also encouraged to explore opportunities to accelerate the transition of promising scientific results to technology development and commercial applications outside of the EFRC. EFRC awards must not support applied research and technology development.

Note: The purpose of the EFRC program does not include construction (including new buildings or additions to existing building), and costs for such activities will not be funded by awards resulting from this FOA.

Basic/Fundamental Research
: Basic/Fundamental Research is defined as experimental or theoretical work undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge of the underlying foundations of phenomena and observable facts. Basic/Fundamental research may include activities with broad or general applications in mind but should exclude research directed towards a specific application or requirement.


See pages 2-3 in the guidelines for links to detailed reports regarding these priority topic areas in the followiing 3 categories. Note: the DOE anticipates awards in a number of different scientific research areas. When making selections, DOE will emphasize emerging science priorities that have been highlighted in recent workshops, including quantum materials, catalysis science, synthesis science, instrumentation science, next-generation energy storage, future nuclear energy, and energy-water issues.

In order to address these priorities, the DOE plans to deemphasize the following topical areas: phenomena related to more mature areas of solar photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, and solid-state lighting; carbon dioxide sequestration; and biologically-mediated breakdown and conversion of lignocellulosic biomass. Scientific research related to environmental management will not be supported under this FOA,

Basic Research Needs Reports (choose one or more of the following):

Grand Challenge(s) addressed by EFRC (choose one or more of the following):

Transformative Opportunity(s) addressed by EFRC (choose one or more of the following):



Reminder-the selection process is ONLY required for internal proposals if SLAC is the lead institution or if Stanford is the lead institution. There is no limit to the number of pre-proposal Stanford faculty can participate if another institution is the lead institution.

By Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 5 p.m., please submit one PDF file including the following in the order listed below to:

Jeanne Heschele
Limited Submission Program Coordinator-Dean of Research Office

File name: Last name_DoE_EFRC.pdf

1) Title Page
DoE Energy Frontier Research Center DE-FOA-0001810
Project title (the EFRC name)
Lead PI (this is the EFRC Director): Name, title, department, email address
Co-PIs, names, titles, departments and institutions, email addresses
Basic Research Needs Reports: (list one or more topics from the above Basic Research Needs list)
Grand Challenge(s)
addressed by EFRC: (list one or more topics from the above Grand Challenges list)
Transformative Opportunity(s) addressed by EFRC (list one or more topics from the above Tranformative Opportunities list)

2) Proposal summary (up to 5 pages) (based on the DoE pre-proposal instructions)
Formatting: This description of the proposed EFRC should not exceed five pages (excluding the cover page) when printed on 8.5 X 11 inch paper, with a minimum text font size no smaller than Times New Roman 12 point and margins no smaller than one inch on all sides. Any figures and references, if included, must fit within the five-page limit.
The description of the proposed EFRC: mission, goals, and scientific approaches of the proposed EFRC, including at least the following elements:

3) PI and Co-PI biosketches


Selection Process
A combined review committee consisting of the the Dean of Research Internal Review committee members and representatives from SLAC will review the internal proposals. Dr. Chi-Chang Kao, the Director of SLAC, and Dr. Ann Arvin, the Vice Provost and Deaj of Research, will work with the PIs and the review committee to determine which of the selected proposals will be most appropriate for submission by SLAC or Stanford.









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