How to Apply

DOE EPSCoR sponsors two types of Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs): (1) EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnership Grants and (2) EPSCoR Implementation Grants. In addition, EPSCoR may provide support, or co-funding, for applicants to the DOE Office of Science Early Career Awards and the Office of Science annual FOA.
Application Procedures: All DOE EPSCoR and DOE Office of Science FOAs are available on the DOE Office of Science Grants and Contracts web site and the grants.govExternal link website. This includes open Notices that announce competition for new funding as well as past Notices that are now closed. When letters of intent or pre-applications are required the FOA will provide additional instructions and submission information. 

General Information and Investigator Eligibility Criteria:


(1) EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnership Grants

  • Awards under the EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnerships are for a maximum period of three years.
  • Award size is up to $750,000
  • No state matching funds are required
  • Subsequent funding is at the discretion of the relevant program at DOE and their competitive application process.
  • There is a limitation of one application per institution
  • An individual may lead (serve as PI) on one Partnership Grant application at a time. That individual may serve as a co-PI on other Partnership Grant applications.
  • All project funds will be awarded to institutions within EPSCoR jurisdictions

(2) Implementation Grants

  • Implementation Grants are awarded for a three year initial period and funding may be renewed once for a period of up to three additional years. Subsequent funding is at the discretion of the relevant program at DOE and their competitive application process.
  • Funding for Implementation Grants may range up to $2,500,000 per year. No state matching funds are required.
  • There used to be a limit of only one active Implementation Grant per state or territory at a time. As this limitation has been removed, any EPSCoR jurisdiction with a currently funded Implementation Grant or Grants may apply when there is an open FOA for Implementation Grants.
  • A Principal Investigator (PI) on current multi-investigator DOE grants or cooperative agreement is not eligible to serve as a PI on an Implementation Grant application. Co-Investigators on current DOE multi-investigator grants or cooperative agreements may serve as PIs or as co-investigators on Implementation Grant proposals. PIs or co-investigators on current or former DOE EPSCoR State -- National Laboratory partnership grants are also welcome to apply as PIs on Implementation Grant proposals.
  • All project funds will be awarded to entities within the EPSCoR jurisdictions. While DOE EPSCoR funding will not be provided to Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) nor awarded to non-EPSCoR jurisdictions, consulting and other arrangements with FFRDCs for necessary expertise may be used on a limited basis.
  • Collaborations between EPSCoR jurisdictions on Implementation Grant applications are permitted. Thus an Implementation Grant application may include institutions from more than one EPSCoR jurisdiction.

 (3) 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 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 or the links therein.

(4) Office of Science Annual FOA

  • Consideration is limited to applications received from academic institutions in EPSCoR jurisdictions received under the Office of Science Annual FOA
  • DOE Program Area/Office many nominate meritorious applications for joint funding consideration with DOE EPSCoR on a funds available basis. 
  • General information for the Office of Science Annual FOA may be found at its web page under the heading: Annual Funding Opportunity Announcement

OPEN EPSCoR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)

CLOSED EPSCoR FOAs (for reference only)
Implementation Awards(FY 2014 funding).

  • Funding Opportunity Announcement DOE-FOA-0001087.pdf file (405KB). Click on "Body" under Documentation.

State/National Laboratory Partnership Awards(FY 2016 funding).

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