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Limited Submission Notice: Department of Energy, Office of Science, Climate Resilience Centers


Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER)


The DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) requests applications from the scientific community for Climate Resilience Centers (CRCs) that will improve the availability and utility of BER research, data, models, and capabilities to address climate resiliency, particularly by underrepresented or vulnerable communities.

CRCs will extend DOE climate science, capabilities, and research by supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), non-R1 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), and Emerging Research Institutions (ERIs) to address regional resilience needs and impacts on natural, socioeconomic, and/or built systems and their intersections. CRCs also aim to foster capacity at regional and local scales by connecting with affected communities and stakeholders to translate basic research into actionable science to enhance climate resilience, as well as to identify research priorities for future DOE investments. CRCs will form a nucleus for building and empowering a future pool of local talent and expertise, including young scientists, engineers, and technicians, to address local resilience challenges and inform equitable solutions. CRCs will leverage ongoing DOE climate science and capabilities that exist at currently supported DOE national laboratories and universities, and build two-way engagement between DOE funded research and community stakeholders for improved climate resilience responses.

For more details, please review the full solicitation: DOE SC BER Climate Resilience Centers


Maximum: $1,000,000 over three (3) years.

Minimum: $100,000; applications requesting less than this may be declined without further review.

The exact number of awards will depend on the number of meritorious applications and the availability of appropriated funds.

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

Two (2) applications per institution are permitted.

Only proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted to this program. For such approval, Principal Investigators must first submit a notice of interest email by 4pm on November 10, 2023. **If necessary, a further white paper round may be required.**

Key Submission Dates:

November 10 by 4 PM – Notice of Interest email due to

November 14 – Anticipated Date OSP will Notify Internal Interested Applicants of approval to advance toward Pre-Application Submission**

December 07 – Pre-Application Materials due to OSP

December 14 – Required Pre-Application due to DOE

February 29 – All final proposal documents due to OSP

March 07 – Full proposal due to DOE

**If necessary, and dependent upon the number of Notice of Interest emails received, a further white paper round may be required.**

Important Note on Sponsor Requirements:

A pre-application is required and must be submitted by the date indicated on the cover of the FOA (Dec 14, 2023).

Pre-applications will be reviewed for responsiveness of the proposed work to the research topics identified in this FOA. DOE will send a response by email to each applicant encouraging or discouraging the submission of an application by the date indicated on the cover of the FOA. Applicants who have not received a response regarding the status of their pre-application by this date are responsible for contacting the program to confirm this status. Applications that have not been encouraged by DOE will be declined without merit review.


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