The Department of Energy EPSCoR was established in 1992 in the DOE Office of Science which is the largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. Areas of basic and applied research and development include: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences and High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics.


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DOE EPSCoR) is a federal-state partnership program designed to enhance the capabilities of designated states and territories to conduct sustainable and nationally competitive energy-related research. DOE EPSCoR addresses this mission by fostering competitions for scientific and engineering research in states and territories that have demonstrated a commitment to develop their research bases and to improve the quality of science and engineering research conducted at their universities and colleges.  This is a science-driven, merit-based program that supports basic and applied research activities spanning the broad range of science and technology programs within DOE.  In addition, the program places high priority on increasing the number of scientists and engineers in energy-related areas.  The program places particular emphasis and importance on collaboration with young faculty, postdoctoral associates, graduate and undergraduate students from the DOE national laboratories where unique scientific and technical capabilities are present.

DOE EPSCoR offers three types of awards:

  1. Implementation Grant
    1. Provides up to $2.5M for three years with a possible three-year extension
    2. b. Builds capacity in areas of interest to DOE
  2. EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnership Grants
    1.  Provides $200K per year for three years
    2. Allows researchers to work closely with the DOE national laboratories
  3. DOE Office of Science Early Career Awards
    1. Limited to applications received from institutions in EPSCoR jurisdictions
    2.  DOE Program may nominated meritorious applications that would not ordinarily been funded for joint consideration with DOE EPSCoR on a funds-available basis.

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In November 2018, DOE announced $ 20M in funding to conduct energy related research under the Implementation Grant funding mechanism. Implementation Grants work to improve research capability by supporting groups of scientists and engineers working on a common scientific theme. Collaborations with the DOE world-class laboratories is encouraged to broaden the network of energy-related research performers across the nation. The initial period of performance is for two years with possible renewals for a maximum funding period of six years.

There were nine awards granted for a total of $17M announced July 1, 2019. The Alabama team led by the University of South Alabama was one of the awardees and includes researchers at UA, TU and the University of North Alabama. Other DOE Implementation awardees included researchers from Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, West Virginia, and Alaska.


DOE EPSCoR follows the NSF EPSCoR eligibility criteria.  Alabama is currently eligible to participate in NSF EPSCoR programs and, subsequently, is eligible for DOE EPSCoR awards.  A table of the current eligible states can be found here.


Through broadened participation, DOE EPSCoR seeks to provide the most comprehensive network of energy-related research across the nation.  DOE EPSCoR requests an annual budget of approximately $8 million per year and posts Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) every one or two years. The goals of DOE EPSCoR include:

  1. Improve the capability of designated states and territories to conduct sustainable and nationally competitive energy-related research.
  2. Jumpstart infrastructure development in designated states and territories through increased human and technical resources, training scientists and engineers in energy-related areas
  3. Build beneficial relationships between scientists and engineers in the designated states and territories with the 10 world-class laboratories managed by the Office of Science, leverage DOE national user facilities, and take advantage of opportunities for intellectual collaboration across the DOE system.

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DOE EPSCoR is located in the Office of Science and assists the Office by supporting basic and applied research and development across a wide arrange of interdisciplinary program areas including but not limited to:

  • Advanced Scientific Computing Research
  • Basic Energy Sciences
  • Biological and Environmental Research
  • Fusion Energy Sciences
  • High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics

In addition, DOE EPSCoR supports research that is relevant to other DOE Program Offices that are critical to the success of EPSCoR applications.  Additional information on the DOE Research Programs is available at the web addresses below:

DOE EPSCoR requests an annual budget of approximately $8 million per year and posts Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) every one to two years and sponsors (or participates in) three types of Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA).  These FOA types are (click the link to be directed to more information about each award):

  1. DOE EPSCoR Implementation Grants
  2. DOE EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnership Grants
  3. DOE Office of Science Early Career Awards