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Limited Submission Notice: Department of Energy Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW)


Department of Energy (DOE)


Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) aims to build foundations for Office of Science (SC) research through traineeships at academic institutions that have been historically underrepresented in the SC portfolio (i.e. non-R1 Emerging Research Institutions (ERIs). RENEW leverages SC’s unique national laboratories, user facilities, and other research infrastructure to provide training opportunities for students and postdoctoral researchers from these institutions. SC seeks applications to develop traineeships for participants from these institutions that involve conducting research in partnership with a DOE-affiliated institution, including DOE National Laboratories, SC user facilities, Bioenergy Research Centers, or DOE Isotope Program Production Sites. The hands-on experiences gained through RENEW will open new career avenues for trainees, forming a nucleus for a future pool of talented young scientists, engineers, and technicians with the critical skills and expertise needed for the full breadth of SC research activities.

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 Reaching A New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) solicitation.


The RENEW program supports two (2) types of projects:

  • Exploratory Track: Minimum of $100,000 and Maximum of $400,000 for up to two (2) years.
  • Full Track: Minimum of $750,000 and Maximum of $2,250,000 for up to three (3) years.

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

Three (3) pre-applications and three (3) applications for each scientific research 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 scientific 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 23, 2024 – Pre-application materials due to OSP
  • April 30, 2024 – Pre-application due to DOE
  • June 4, 2024 – Pre-application response date from DOE
  • July 16, 2024 – All final proposal documents due to OSP
  • July 23, 2024 – Full proposal due to DOE

Important Note on Sponsor Requirements:

  • Pre-applications are required.
  • Applicant institutions may submit more than one pre-application per PI; however, DOE will only encourage one pre-application per PI to submit an application.

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