October 20, 2015 by Cristina Dumitrescu, NRCCE
Morgantown, W.Va. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has announced a new competition under the National Laboratory Partnership. The full announcement of the DE-FOA-00014232 released by U.S. DOE can be accessed under the “Related Documents” tab at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=279599.
The award can provide $200,000 per year in funding for up to three years to successful applications. Total funding of up to $3 million is expected to be available to support this funding opportunity announcement (FOA). No cost sharing is required, but letters of commitment for National Laboratory and EPSCoR jurisdiction are required as described in the FOA. Dr. Richard Bajura, director of the National Research Center at West Virginia University, is the contact to obtain a letter of endorsement from the West Virginia EPSCoR Committee. Email address below.
The collaborative research must address scientific areas relevant to the mission of DOE and must be aligned with the DOE’s specific program goals. Note that the collaborating laboratory will be requested to contribute (e.g., 10%) to the support of the proposed effort.
Participation by graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows is required. Junior faculty from EPSCoR jurisdictions are encouraged to apply. Utilization of DOE user facilities is encouraged. Individuals who are currently or have been previously supported as a Principal Investigator (PI) or Project Director on a DOE-funded grant, as well as those holding joint faculty positions with DOE national laboratories are not eligible to serve as the lead PI for this FOA. Principal Investigators can serve as the lead PI on only one pre-application. There is no limitation on participation as a co-investigator on other pre-applications.
A pre-application is required and must be submitted by Nov. 12, 2015 at 5 p.m. EST. FOA advises to submit the pre-application well before the deadline since the submittal requirements are rather complex. All applicants will be notified by Dec. 18, 2015.12 as to whether or not they should submit a full application.
A group information session regarding this National Laboratory Partnership opportunity will be offered on Friday, October 30, 2015, 3:30-4:30 pm. The meeting will be hosted by Dr. Bajura and will be held in room 120 of the Advanced Engineering Research Building (EARB) in the WVU Evansdale Campus.
Interested applicants are encouraged to email Richard Bajura, with a copy to Cristina Dumitrescu, for additional information and advice on preparing the application.