DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program

Note to PIs: The following program summary is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It does not replace the sponsor’s actual funding opportunity announcement. Always review the most recent version of the sponsor’s full announcement to verify that the deadline has not changed and to identify the most current program requirements.

About the program

Early career researchers may apply to one of six Office of Science program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences; Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics; or Nuclear Physics. Proposed research topics must fall within the programmatic priorities of DOE’s Office of Science, which are provided in the program announcements. Funding will be competitively awarded on the basis of peer review.


To be eligible for the competition, a researcher must be an untenured, tenure-track assistant or associate professor at a U.S. academic institution or a full-time employee at a DOE national laboratory. The applicant must also have received a Ph.D. within the past ten years.

Award amount and award period

Typical university awards are $750,000 over five years.

Application deadline

Preapplications are mandatory and are due on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Full proposals will be due on Monday, April 29, 2019. Only those applicants that receive notification from DOE encouraging a formal proposal may submit full proposals.

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Last updated: August 1, 2019.