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 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.
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:
- Department of Energy (General Information)
- U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science
- U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Advanced Scientific Computing Research
- U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Fusion Energy Sciences
- U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Basic Energy Sciences
- U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science High Energy Physics
- U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research
- U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Nuclear Physics
- Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
- Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
- Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Office of Environmental Management
- U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy
- Office of Legacy Management
- Office of Nuclear Energy
- National Nuclear Security Administration
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:
- Improve the capability of designated states and territories to conduct sustainable and nationally competitive energy-related research.
- Jumpstart infrastructure development in designated states and territories through increased human and technical resources, training scientists and engineers in energy-related areas
- 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.
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):