DOE awards $110 million for groundbreaking research by 83 early-career scientists

WASHINGTON DC — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of 83 early-career scientists from across the country to receive $110 million in research funding covering a wide range of topics, from holography at particle accelerators. This year’s winners represent 47 universities and 13 national laboratories in 29 states. These awards are part of the DOE’s longstanding efforts to develop the next generation of STEM leaders who will strengthen America’s role as a powerhouse of science and innovation around the world.

“Supporting American scientists and researchers early in their careers will ensure that the United States remains at the forefront of scientific discovery and develops the solutions to our most pressing challenges,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The funding announced today will give recipients the freedom to find the answers to some of the toughest questions as they establish themselves as experts in their fields.

Funding for today’s awards is part of the DOE Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program, which strengthens the nation’s scientific workforce by supporting outstanding researchers early in their careers, when many scientists do their most formative work. Since its inception in 2010, the Early Career Research Program has awarded 785 awards, including 508 awards to university researchers and 277 awards to National Laboratory researchers.

To be eligible for Early Career Research Program scholarships, a researcher must be a nontenured assistant or associate professor at a U.S. academic institution, or a full-time employee at a DOE National Laboratory who has earned a Ph.D. over the past 10 years. Research topics must fall under one of the eight main program offices of the Office of Science:

  • R&D and production of accelerators
  • Advanced Research in Scientific Computing
  • Basic energy sciences
  • Biological and environmental research
  • Fusion Energy Science
  • High energy physics
  • R&D and production of isotopes
  • Nuclear physics

Winners were selected based on peer review by external scientific experts. The projects announced today are selections for the negotiation of a financial price. Final details of each project award are subject to final grant and contract negotiations between DOE and recipients.

Total funding is $110 million for projects up to five years in duration, with $55 million in fiscal year 2022 dollars and additional funding dependent on congressional appropriations.

Information on the 83 awardees and their research projects is available on the Early Career Research Program webpage.

Profiles of some of the previous winners, including information on how the program has helped them in their research and careers, can be found here.

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