DOE Office of Science Early Career Awards

Consideration is limited to applications received from academic institutions in EPSCoR jurisdictions to the DOE Office of Science Early Career Award FOAs.  The DOE Program Area/Office may nominate meritorious applications that would not have been otherwise funded for joint funding consideration with DOE EPSCoR on a funds available basis. General information and investigator eligibility for the Early Career Award application process may be found at the Early Career Award website.

The Early Career Research Program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE Office of Science. Opportunities exist in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES); Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP); and Nuclear Physics (NP).

Early Career eligible investigators are Principal Investigators that are within 10 years of having received a Ph.D. and are either untenured assistant professors on the tenure track, untenured associate professors on the tenure track, or full-time, non-postdoctoral, permanent DOE national laboratory employees.  Principal Investigators must be employed by either a U.S. academic institution or a DOE national laboratory. Postdoctoral fellows may not apply directly, however postdoctoral support may be included in the proposed budget. Research professors are NOT eligible for Early Career awards. Only one Office of Science Early Career Research Program award is allowed per PI (with the exception of Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers-PECASE). No co-Principal Investigators are allowed for Early Career Awards.

The minimum award size is $150,000 per year for five years for universities and $500,000 per year for five years for DOE national laboratories. There is no upper limit on the proposed budget, but the budget should be as close to the minimum as possible including both direct and indirect costs. A list of frequently asked questions regarding these awards can be found here.

The most recent Funding Opportunity Announcement for Early Career Awards can be found here.