DOE awards research grants to early career scientists

June 29, 2020, 9:32AMNuclear News

The Department of Energy on June 23 announced the selection of 76 scientists from across the United States—26 from the DOE’s national laboratories and 50 from U.S. universities—to receive significant funding for research as part of the DOE Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program. The effort, now in its 11th year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

Details: Under the program, university-based researchers will receive grants of at least $150,000 per year, and researchers based at DOE national laboratories will receive grants of at least $500,000 per year. The research grants are planned for five years and will cover salary and research expenses.

To be eligible for the DOE award, 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 who has received a Ph.D. within the past 10 years. The final details for each project award are subject to grant and contract negotiations between the DOE and the awardees.

They said it: “Supporting talented researchers early in their career is key to fostering scientific creativity and ingenuity within the national research community,” said Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar. “Dedicating resources to these focused projects led by well-deserved investigators helps maintain and grow America’s scientific skill set for generations to come.”

Other grants: The DOE announced on June 18 more than $65 million in awards for nuclear energy research, cross-cutting technology development, facility access, and infrastructure for 93 advanced nuclear technology projects in 28 states. The awards fall under the DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Program, Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies, and Nuclear Science User Facilities.

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