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Limited Submission Notice: Department of Energy Funding for Accelerated, Inclusive Research (FAIR)


Department of Energy (DOE)


The Office of Science (SC) seeks applications for fundamental research in fields supported by SC to build research capacity at institutions historically underrepresented in the SC portfolio (i.e.  non-R1 emerging research institutions (ERIs)). This funding opportunity aims to build research capacity, including infrastructure and expertise at these institutions, through mutually beneficial relationships between applicants and DOE national laboratories, SC scientific user facilities, or other ERIs. Capacity building is interpreted broadly to include both personnel expertise and infrastructure and can include costs for lab equipment, instrumentation, and computing resources as well as funds directed toward building relationships, for example for travel to the partner institution, conferences, or scientific meetings.

Because collaboration is critical to SC research, relationship building through the partnership is considered a key component of the FAIR program. All applications must be submitted on behalf of a lead institution and include a single partnering team member (see Important Note on Sponsor Requirements below for this requirement).

SC supports fundamental research in applied mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geoscience, isotope research, materials science, fusion energy science, and physics to transform our understanding of nature and catalyze scientific discoveries that can lead to technical breakthroughs. All applications to SC should focus on hypothesis-driven basic research. SC does not support applied research, product development, or prototyping. SC manages its research portfolio through eight scientific programs: (1) Advanced Scientific Computing Research, (2) Basic Energy Sciences, (3) Biological and Environmental Research, (4) Fusion Energy Sciences, (5) High Energy Physics, (6) Nuclear Physics, (7) Isotope R&D and Production, and (8) Accelerator R&D and Production.

For more information, view the full FY24 Funding for Accelerated, Inclusive Research (FAIR) solicitation.


Minimum – $300,000 for up to three (3) years
Maximum – $800,000 for up to three (3) years

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

Three (3) pre-applications and three (3) applications for each program (listed above) per applicant institution.

Only pre-applications and proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted. For such approval, Principal Investigators must first submit a Notice of Interest to by 4 pm on March 18, 2024.

In the submission, you must indicate the SC research program you intend to submit to.

**If necessary, a further white paper round may be required**

Key Submission Dates:

  • March 18, 2024 by 4 pm – Notice of Interest due to
  • March 20, 2024 – Anticipated date applicants will be notified of approval to advance toward white paper round or pre-application submission
  • April 16, 2024 – Pre-application materials due to OSP
  • April 23, 2024 – Pre-application due to DOE
  • May 26, 2024 – Pre-application response date from DOE
  • July 9, 2024 – All final proposal documents due to OSP
  • July 16, 2024 – Full proposal due to DOE

Important Note on Sponsor Requirements:

  • Pre-applications are required.
  • All applications must be submitted on behalf of a lead institution and include a single partnering team member (the partner is limited to between 15 and 25% of the total funding).
  • There may be more than one investigator at either the lead institution or the partnering institution.
  • The lead institution must be a non-R1 minority-serving institution (MSI) or a non-R1 emerging research institution (ERI). The lead institution should show clear scientific leadership.

The lead institution must partner with a team member in one of the following categories:

NOTE: Please send all inquiries and submissions for Limited Submission opportunities to