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 contact@istopes.com.


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


The Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program

The Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce that its Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2021 Solicitation 2. 

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program 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. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

Applications are due at 5:00 pm EST on Wednesday, November 10, 2021.

For more information on the SCGSR click the link below to submit your application or email Ethan Balkin at Ethan.Balkin@science.doe.gov

SCGSR Information and Application


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