Department of Energy Announces Early Career Research Program for FY 2023

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The DOE Office of Science is excited to announce it is accepting proposals for the 2023 DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program to support the research of outstanding scientists early in their careers. The program will support over 80 early career researchers 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 or Office of Science user facility. To address special circumstances and challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Science is extending the eligibility window for this competition from 10 to 12 years for all applicants. Awards to an institution of higher education will be approximately $875,000 over five years and awards to a DOE national laboratory average approximately $2,500,000 over five years. The funding level for institutions of higher education has been raised to encourage these institutions to increase graduate student stipends.

Pre-applications are mandatory and are due on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 5:00 PM ET. Applications will be due on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET. Only those applicants that receive notification from DOE encouraging a formal proposal may submit full applications.

For each of the last 13 years of this program, an average of 45 university and 23 national laboratory awards have been initiated each year.

Additional information is available on the Office of Science funding opportunities page.

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A webinar on this opportunity will be held on November 30th at 3 p.m. EST.

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