Funding Opportunity: Climate Resilience Centers

October 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) hereby announces its interest in applications from the scientific community for Climate Resilience Centers (CRCs) that will improve the availability and utility of BER research, data, models, and capabilities to address climate resiliency, particularly by underrepresented or vulnerable communities. These science-based predictive tools and methods are critically needed to inform policies and plans for strengthening the security and resilience of critical infrastructure and natural resources.

CRCs will extend DOE climate science, capabilities, and research by supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), non-R1 Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), and emerging research institutions to address regional resilience needs and impacts on natural, socioeconomic, and/or built systems and their intersections. CRCs also aim to foster capacity at regional and local scales by connecting with affected communities and stakeholders to translate basic research into actionable science to enhance climate resilience, as well as to identify research priorities for future DOE investments.

CRCs will form a nucleus for building and empowering a future pool of local talent and expertise, including young scientists, engineers, and technicians, to address local resilience challenges and inform equitable solutions. CRCs will leverage ongoing DOE climate science and capabilities that exist at currently supported DOE national laboratories and universities and build two-way engagement between DOE-funded research and community stakeholders for improved climate resilience responses.

HBCUs, non-R1 MSIs, and emerging research institutions are eligible to apply as single institution applicants or the lead of a multi-institutional team. Please see the funding opportunity for agency contacts and more details.


The principal investigator (PI) and institution representative submitting on behalf of the PI must register for an account in the Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) before submitting a pre-application. All PIs and those submitting pre-applications on behalf of PIs are encouraged to establish PAMS accounts as soon as possible to avoid submission delays. Additionally, all PIs are encouraged to read the Funding Opportunity Announcement carefully for requirements such as Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research (PIER) plans, new current/pending and biographical sketches.

  • Informational Webinar (optional): November 6, 2023; 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern time; register here to attend
  • Deadline for Pre-applications (required): December 14, 2023; 5:00 pm Eastern time
  • Deadline for Proposals: March 7, 2024; 11:59 pm Eastern time

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