Funding Opportunity: Early Career Research Program

December 19, 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science invites applications for support under the Early Career Research Program (ECRP): DE-FOA-0003176. This opportunity includes the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Program’s Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences research.

BER is seeking research applications on Southeast U.S. Atmospheric Processes Through Use of Observations from the Third Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Mobile Facility (AMF3) Bankhead National Forest (BNF) Atmospheric Observatory.

Applications must focus on one or more of the following atmospheric processes in the Southeast United States:

  • Aerosol processes such as the formation and growth of new atmospheric particles; effects of aerosol composition, mixing state, and physical properties on growth, aging, and removal processes; processes and characteristics that influence the cloud nucleating properties of aerosol particles (including secondary organic aerosols); and processes and properties that drive aerosol direct and indirect radiative effects.
  • Aerosol-cloud interactions such as the influence of aerosol particles on cloud microphysics, dynamics, thermodynamics, radiative properties, macrophysics, and/or precipitation; the influence of clouds or precipitation on aerosol chemical properties and microphysical properties through aqueous-phase chemistry, vertical transport, and/or wet removal; aerosol-cloud-radiation interactions; and the influence of the land surface/biosphere on aerosol-cloud interactions.
  • Convective processes such as interactions between dynamics and cloud microphysics (such as condensate, precipitation, and/or aerosols); impacts of vertical transport within convective systems; initiation and organization of convective systems; precipitation formation and intensity; the transition from shallow to deep convection; and how soil moisture, surface fluxes, and aerosol properties are altered by convective precipitation events.
  • Warm boundary-layer atmospheric processes such as the effects on warm boundary-layer clouds of surface energy budget, land-atmosphere interactions, boundary layer structure, and entrainment; warm boundary-layer cloud microphysical, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes; and boundary-layer processes and land-atmosphere interactions that influence boundary layer structure, atmospheric composition, and vertical transport of energy and moisture.

More information on the Office of Science Early Career Research Program can be found here:

Please see the announcement for additional details and eligibility requirements.

  • Funding Announcement Number: DE-FOA-0003176
  • Funding Announcement: PDF
  • Deadline for Pre-applications (required): January 30, 2024; 5 pm Eastern
  • Pre-Application Response Date: March 14, 2024; 11:59 pm Eastern
  • Deadline for Applications: April 25, 2024; 11:59 pm Eastern