4/4/2018 for invited applications
The Principal Investigator must be an untenured Assistant Professor on the tenure track or an
untenured Associate Professor on the tenure track at a U.S. academic institution as of the
deadline for the application. No more than ten (10) years can have passed between the year the
Principal Investigator's Ph.D. was awarded and the year that the FOA was issued. For the
present competition, those who received doctorates no earlier than 2007 are eligible.
There can be no co-Principal Investigators.
Principal investigator means the scientist or other individual designated by the recipient to direct
Each Principal Investigator may only submit one Office of Science Early Career Research
Program application per annual competition. Additionally, a Principal Investigator may not
participate in more than three Office of Science Early Career Research Program competitions. There is NOT a U.S. citizenship requirement for the Principal Investigator or any project
participants. Principal Investigators of early career awards funded by other agencies or entities are eligible, but the proposed research must have a scope different from that already funded by the other
Principal Investigators who have received awards previously under the Office of Science Early
Career Research Program are not eligible. If a Principal Investigator has multiple doctorates, the discipline of the one they have earned
within the ten-year eligibility window should be relevant to the proposed research. Letters of recommendation are not allowed. Applications that include recommendation letters
will be subject to elimination from consideration during DOE’s initial review. A department chair letter is not required and should not be included.
The Principal Investigator must be employed in the eligible position as of the closing date for this FOA.
Minimum of $750,000 over 5 years, can be higher, but encouraged to stay close to minimum as possible