Funding Opportunities

Search opportunities funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Isotope Program (DOE IP) that supports the production, and the development of production techniques, of radioactive and stable isotopes in short supply for research and applications.

If you are interested in applying for a funding opportunity listed below, click on the link and follow the instructions listed. For questions regarding funding opportunities, please contact

The DOE Office of GraduateStudent Research Program SCGSR)

Students Will Perform Graduate Thesis Research at National Laboratories

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2022 Solicitation 1 cycle. Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

The SCGSR program supports awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or host site in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist — with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall graduate theses while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories. SCGSR is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 780 graduate awardees from more than 150 different U.S. universities to conduct thesis research at all 17 DOE national laboratories across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, in collaboration with the eight Office of Science research and advanced technology program offices and the DOE national laboratories/facilities. Program administration support is provided by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). More information can be found at

Graduate Student Research Award Information

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)


The SBIR and STTR programs are U.S. Government programs, intended to help certain small businesses conduct R&D. At DOE, funding takes the form of grants. Projects must have the potential for commercialization and meet specific DOE mission-specific R&D needs.

DOE offers more than sixty technical topics and 250 subtopics, spanning research areas that support the DOE mission in:

  • Energy Production
  • Energy Use
  • Fundamental Energy Sciences
  • Environmental Management, and
  • Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

*Select the Office of Isotope R&D and Production, then select Ethan Balkin as program manager. If the Office of Isotope R&D and Production is not available, select the Office of Nuclear Physics, then Ethan Balkin as the program manager.

SBIR and STTR Information