Archived Funding Opportunities

This is a list of previous Funding Opportunities for Isotope R&D.

Current opportunities are listed on our Current Research & Research Opportunities page.

August 2013: Phase I SBIR and STTR proposals for FY 2014 Released

DOE has released the call for Phase I SBIR and STTR proposals for FY 2014. There are specific instructions relative to the areas of interest to the DOE Isotope Program, specifically (a) Novel or improved production techniques for radioisotopes or stable isotopes, and (b) Improved radiochemical separation methods for preparing high-purity radioisotopes. For (a), new technologies are sought especially for to ensure a cost-effective and stable supply and distribution high priority isotopes such as the alpha emitters actinium-225 (225Ac), actinium-227/thorium-227/radium-223, and astatine-211 (211At) that continue to gain importance in targeted alpha therapy applications. Other radioisotopes, considered theranostic radioisotopes, such as high specific activity rhenium-186 (186Re) and tin-117m (117mSn), and same element radioisotope pairs with emissions useful for both diagnostic and therapeutic applications (e.g. 67Cu and 64Cu) are also of interest. For (b), new technologies are also sought to produce large quantities of enriched isotopes - both for enrichment of stable isotopes for production targets as well as isolation of radioactive or stable product isotopes as part of a production scheme. Isotopes of interest include kg to ton quantities of germanium-76 (76Ge), selenium-82 (82Se), tellurium-130 (130Te) and xenon- 136 (136Xe), new production methods for grams quantities of transuranium elements such as californium-249 (249Cf), californium-251 (251Cf) and berkelium-249 (249Bk), and mg quantities of einsteinium-254 (254Es), and fermium-257 (257Fm).

More information can be found in this 180-page Topic document and on the website http://science.energy.gov/sbir/.

August 2012: DE-FOA-0000743 - Research, Development and Training in Isotope Production

The DOE Office of Science has posted a new Funding Opportunity Announcement in which you may be interested. It is announcement DE-FOA-0000743 - Research, Development and Training in Isotope Production.  This competitive opportunity announcement is supported by the Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (IDPRA) subprogram in the Office of Nuclear Physics. More information may be found from this PDF file,
or by going to the Office of Science Web Site (http://science.energy.gov/), clicking on the tab ''Funding Opportunities'' near the top center of the page, then selecting ''Current Funding Opportunities.'' Please feel free to distribute this email to interested parties.

A companion announcement has also been made to the National Laboratories, LAB_12-743.

Dr. Jehanne Gillo
Director
Facilities and Project Management Division

Office of Nuclear Physics
U.S. Department of Energy
SC-26.2, Germantown Building
1000 Independence Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290
email: Jehanne.Gillo@science.doe.gov
phone: (301)-903-1455
fax: (301)-903-3833

July 2012: DOE Early Career Research Program
The DOE Funding Announcements for the 2012 Early Career Research Program are now available at http://science.energy.gov/early-career/ .

The schedule is as follows:
Due date for Pre-applications:    6-Sep-12, 5 pm eastern time
Encourage/Discourage Decisions:    4-Oct-12
Due date for Proposals:    26-Nov-12, 5 pm eastern time

Note that preapplications from everyone and lab proposals from DOE national laboratories must be submitted directly in the Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) this year. That means all Principal Investigators MUST register and create accounts in PAMS. Interested PIs are encouraged to register right away. Registration information is in the solicitations and FAQs. Due times are 5 pm this year (instead of the usual 11:59 pm) to take advantage of the PAMS help desk hours.


February 14, 2012: Research and Development for Next Generation Nuclear Physics Accelerator Facilities
The Office of Nuclear Physics (NP), Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announce their interest in receiving applications for Research and Development (R&D) efforts directed at challenges for next generation NP accelerator facilities.

Accelerator R&D described in DE-FOA-0000632 supports efforts essential to develop strategies and technologies for next generation NP accelerator capabilities, whether they are needed for new facilities, upgrades to existing facilities, or improving performance of existing facilities.

This FOA is in support of pre-conceptual accelerator R&D aimed at technological challenges for the next generation NP facilities or improved performance of existing facilities. Accelerator R&D intended for this announcement should fall in the following general categories:

* Accelerator R&D with the potential for the development of future generation of NP accelerators not under construction or design.

* Accelerator R&D with the potential for improved performance and/or upgrades to existing NP national user facilities that will lead to new capabilities.

The Closing Date is March 30, 2012. For more details, please visit http://science.energy.gov/np/news-and-resources.
Please click here for the complete FOA in PDF format.

A companion Program Announcement to DOE National Laboratories (LAB 11-632) will be posted on the SC Grants and Contracts web site at: http://www.science.doe.gov/grants.


January 20, 2012: Integrated Nuclear Medicine Research and Training Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for potential funding of Integrated Nuclear Medicine Research and Training Projects of Excellence to serve three important goals:

1. Research and development of new and highly innovative radiotracer methods and radiotracers as potential imaging agents for nuclear medicine research and application to advance the understanding of normal human physiology and gene expression, diagnosis and management of disease, in drug research and development, and in translational science;

2. Integrated involvement of postdoctoral fellows (Ph.D. radiochemists) and M.D., or M.D.-Ph.D fellows with specialties in Nuclear Medicine with applications to human health in developing and deploying new radiotracers for nuclear medicine imaging and potential clinical use in humans for disease-specific applications; and

3. Enhancement of training opportunities to ensure the future availability of human resources for highly specialized fields of radiotracer development chemistry and clinical nuclear medicine research and allied disciplines.
For more details, please visit http://www.sc.doe.gov/grants/pdf/SC_FOA_0000646.pdf.


May 2011: Funding Opportunity Announcement DOE-FOA-0000517 for Isotope Production
The Office of Nuclear Physics (NP), Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving Applications for domestic production of stable and radioactive isotopes to support research in a wide variety of fields such as medicine, physics, biology, chemistry, agriculture, ecology, materials science, and national security.

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to enhance the availability of stable and radioactive isotopes to support research applications. When establishing priorities for program awards, the Office of Nuclear Physics considers guidance from the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee on Isotopes (NSAC-I) as documented in the following two reports: Compelling Research Opportunities using Isotopes, NSAC Isotopes Subcommittee, April 23, 2009 and Isotopes for the Nation's Future A Long Range Plan, NSAC Isotopes Subcommittee, August 27, 2009

A companion Program Announcement to DOE Laboratories (LAB 11-517) is posted on the Office of Science Grants and Contracts web site. Pre-applications are required, and were due on June 17, 2011, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. The FOA is available at http://science.doe.gov/grants/pdf/SC-FOA-0000517.pdf


February 2011: Program Announcement to the DOE National Labs -- LAB 11-448
The Office of Nuclear Physics in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science has announced a new open solicitation within the Isotope Development and Production for Research and Applications (IDPRA) Program. They are seeking proposals focused on the research and development of new and improved isotope production and processing technologies. Proposals are due to the DOE Office of Nuclear Physics no later than Monday, April 18, 2011, 11:59 p.m. ET. For more information, please visit http://www.er.doe.gov/grants/pdf/LAB_11-448.pdf