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 Office of Science is Accepting Applications for Summer 2022 Undergraduate Internships

Students Will Conduct Research and Technical Projects at National Laboratories

Applications are currently being accepted for the Summer 2022 Term of three programs offered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science: the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program, the Community College Internships (CCI) program, and the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP). The application deadline is January 12, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

SULI and CCI offer undergraduates opportunities to conduct research or technical projects, respectively, at DOE National Laboratories and facilities under the mentorship of laboratory staff scientists and engineers. Project topics cover a wide range of scientific and technological priority areas to support the DOE mission, spanning from fundamental science to applied research and development. The SULI and CCI programs attract a diverse pool of applicants; on average, about 8% of SULI applicants and 25% of CCI applicants are from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

VFP seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to DOE mission areas. As such, VFP especially attracts faculty members from MSIs, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Typically, about 50% of the participants are from MSIs, one-third of which are HBCUs. Selected college and university faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on research projects of mutual interest. Each participating faculty member may invite one or two students (one of whom may be a graduate student) to join the research team. 

SULI, CCI, and VFP participants are selected by the DOE national laboratories and facilities from a diverse pool of applicants from academic institutions around the country. The programs are managed by the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) in the Office of Science.

Applications for Summer 2022 Undergraduate Internships

The Office of Science Early Career Research Program

The DOE Office of Science is excited to announce it is accepting proposals for the 2022 DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program to support the research of outstanding scientists early in their careers. The program will support over 60 early career researchers for five years at U.S. academic institutions and DOE National Laboratories.

To be eligible for the program, 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. The applicant must also have received a Ph.D. within the past ten years. University awards average around $750,000 for five years and national laboratory awards average around $2,500,000 for five years.

Pre-applications are mandatory and are due on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 5:00 PM ET. Full proposals will be due on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 11:59 PM ET. Only those applicants that receive notification from DOE encouraging a formal proposal may submit full proposals.

For each of the last 12 years of this program, an average of 42 university and 23 national laboratory awards have been initiated each year.

Further information can be found on the Office of Science funding opportunities page.

Early Career Research Program 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