Funding Opportunities

Integrated Computational and Data Infrastructure for Scientific Discovery

  • Letters of Intent (Required) Due: April 2, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Proposals Due: May 14, 2021, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Announcement DetailsDE-FOA-0002482

The Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science announces its interest in funding research and development projects to create an advanced Integrated Computational and Data Infrastructure (ICDI) program. The ICDI program will accelerate research activities across the entire Office of Science complex.

Over the past four decades experimental scientists (domain scientists working with a physical device, at a user facility, or in the field to understand scientific interactions), computational scientists (domain scientists developing and executing simulation codes to explore scientific phenomenon on leadership-class computers), and computer scientists (computer/data scientists and applied mathematicians developing scientific algorithms and codes) have increasingly used a wide array of computers and experiments to generate, analyze, and manage vast amounts of data. These data may be transferred from the facility and stored at a principal investigator’s home institution, a facility storage repository, or in a large central or distributed repository that individuals and teams access to conduct detailed analysis tasks. Combining, in real time, a variety of data, facilities, and computer resources coupled with machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques will greatly accelerate scientific discovery.

The key challenge now is to move from today’s computational/computer scientist partnerships to deeply integrated collaborations that merge experimental scientists in with their computational/computer science peers. Moving forward, it is increasingly necessary to leverage the symbiotic relationships that exist between the experimental and computational sides of numerous DOE science communities (biology, chemistry, cosmology, Earth system science, environmental science, geosciences, material science and physics). To accomplish this, the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research will collaborate with the other DOE Office of Science programs to research, develop, deploy, and validate a core suite of federated services.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is composed of two topics:

  1. “Experimental/Computational/Computer Science collaborations” addresses the challenge of creating collaborative teams of scientists to accelerate science discoveries supported by the Office of Science programs. Applications to this topic must be submitted by multi-investigator teams.
  2. “Intelligent Distributed Infrastructure Simulation Capabilities” addresses the challenge of modeling, simulating, and validating the performance of geographically distributed science infrastructures. Both single- and multiple-investigator applications may be submitted.

Awards under this FOA will develop new software workflows and tools to accelerate the scientific discovery process through the convergence of experimental/simulation data, computational/experimental facilities, and a broad community of scientists to both generate high-fidelity simulations and steer experiments. Awards will also develop the modeling and simulation capabilities needed to predict and debug workflow performance in distributed computational and data infrastructures.

Please see the announcement for additional details. For any questions, please contact the ICDI program manager:  Richard Carlson,


DE-FOA-0002431: DOE EPSCoR Implementation Grants

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  • Pre-application due: December 15, 2020, at 5:00 pm ET
  • Pre-application response date: January 26, 2021
  • Submission deadline for applications: March 2, 2021, at 5:00 pm ET

Scope: Grants awarded under the DOE Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program are intended to improve research capability through the support of a group of scientists and engineers, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, working on a common scientific theme in one or more EPSCoR jurisdictions. The objectives of the DOE EPSCoR Implementation Grants are to: (1) Jumpstart capability development in the jurisdiction(s) through increased human and technical resources. (2) Support a group of researchers working on a common scientific theme, with mutually supporting goals and objectives. (3) When topically relevant to the subject matter of the application, promote collaborations with other institutions of higher education and industry with strong participation by students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty from EPSCoR eligible institutions. These collaborations may include institutions from other EPSCoR jurisdictions. Collaborations involving more than one institution or more than one EPSCoR jurisdiction, while welcome, are not a requirement. DOE EPSCoR also encourages but does not require implementation grants to work toward building beneficial relationships between institutions in EPSCoR jurisdictions and the 10 worldclass Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) managed by the Office of Science.


DE-FOA-0002392: Environmental System Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) announces its interest in receiving applications for research in Environmental System Science (ESS). Recently formed by the merger of the Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) and Terrestrial Ecosystem Science (TES) programs, the ESS program goal is to advance an integrated, robust, and scale-aware predictive understanding of terrestrial systems and their interdependent ecological, hydrological, and physical processes. The program seeks to develop an integrated framework using a systems approach to elucidate the complex processes and controls on the structure, function, feedbacks, and dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems that span from the bedrock through the rhizosphere and vegetation to the atmospheric interface. This FOA will consider applications that focus on improving the understanding and representation of ecosystems and watersheds in ways that advance the sophistication and capabilities of local, regional, and larger-scale models. Using new measurements, field experiments, and more sophisticated modeling and/or synthesis studies, research funded through this FOA will address three challenges: (1) ecological and environmental dynamics involving terrestrial-aquatic interfaces (TAI); (2) perturbations and disturbances affecting terrestrial ecosystems and watersheds; and (3) novel methods for capturing “hot spots” and “hot moments” of biogeochemical activity. All applications are required to clearly delineate an integrative, hypothesis-driven approach and describe the existing needs/gaps in state-of-the-art models. Applicants should provide details on how the results of the proposed research will be used to improve the predictability and sophistication of integrated watershed systems and/or terrestrial ecosystem models.


ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC)

  • Call Open for 2021–2022 Allocation Year
  • Funding announcement
  • Pre-proposals (required) due: January 4, 2021, 5:00 pm ET
  • Pre-proposal response date: January 15, 2021
  • Full proposals due: February 26, 2021, at 5:00 pm ET

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) is now receiving proposals for projects of interest to the Department of Energy (DOE), with an emphasis on high-risk, high-payoff simulations in areas directly related to the DOE mission, in response to National emergencies, and for broadening the community of researchers capable of using leadership computing resources. The ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) allocation program is open to scientists in industry, academia, and at national laboratories.

The ALCC program provides access to computational resources at ASCR’s three supercomputing facilities, which represent some of the world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputers. These facilities include the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) at Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ALCC grants one-year awards, which are active from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

Environmental Research Funding Opportunity: DoD SERDP

The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) has issued two solicitations for environmental research and development proposals for funding beginning in fiscal year 2022.

  • Core solicitation requests proposals related to the SERDP program areas of Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms. Core pre-proposals are due January 7, 2021, by 2:00 p.m. ET
  • SEED solicitation requests proposals for the Munitions Response and the Weapons Systems and Platforms program areas. SEED proposals are due March 4, 2021, by 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Full details: See the SERDP website

SERDP is DoD’s environmental science and technology program. It is planned and executed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and includes participation by other federal and nonfederal organizations. Scientists from federal organizations, universities, and private industry can apply for funds to perform basic and applied research and advanced technology development. Funds are awarded through a competitive process, and there is no limit on the number of proposals an organization may submit. Applicants should submit their proposals directly to SERDP. The request for proposals references 11 Statements of Need (SONs) for the Core Solicitation and two SONs for the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation.



DOE ESPCoR Program

  • Funding announcement 
  • Pre-applications due: Dec. 15, 2020, at 5 p.m. ET
  • Submission deadline for applications: March 2, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET
  • Eligibility: Although academic, nonprofit, and industrial research communities are welcome to lead or participate, a strong component of graduate student education is required. Entities within the following jurisdictions are eligible to apply: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
  • Contacts: ESS program managers


Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program 2020 Solicitation 2

  • Applications due:  Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system:
  • SCGSR Program Manager: Dr. Ping Ge,


Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program 2020 Solicitation 1

  • Applications due: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET
  • Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system:
  • SCGSR Program Manager: Dr. Ping Ge,

DE-FOA-0002230 – Earth System Model Development and Analysis

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  • Pre-application due: February 14, 2020, at 5:00 pm ET
  • Pre-application response date: February 21, 2020
  • Submission deadline for applications: March 31, 2020, at 11:59 PM ET