Office of Science Financial Assistance Program
The mission of the DOE Office of Science is to deliver the scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)
Energy Policy Act of 2005, as amended, Public Law 109-58, 42 U.S.C. §16311; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, as amended, Public Law 93-577, 42 U.S.C. §5903 ; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, as amended, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438, 42 U.S.C. §5817; Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 31, Public Law 83-703, 42 U.S.C. §2051; Department of Energy Organization Act, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. §7256 ; Small Business Act, as amended, Public Law 85-536, 15 U.S.C. §638.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Except where a program solicitation establishes more restrictive eligibility criteria, individuals and organizations in the following categories may submit proposals: Institutions of higher education; National Laboratories; Nonprofit and for-profit private entities; State and local governments; and consortia of entities described above.
Applications must be signed electronically by an official authorized to commit the institution or organization in business and financial affairs and who can commit the organization to certain National Policy Assurances to be incorporated as award terms in effect on date of award at http://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/rtc.jsp. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Office of Science utilizes an automated system, the Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS), to manage the grants applications and award process. An application will automatically transfer from Grants.gov into PAMS for processing. In order to manage the application in PAMS, applicants must register at https://pamspublic.science.energy.gov.
After selections, DOE may negotiate a financial assistance award with the selected applicant. Only a DOE Contracting Officer is authorized to approve financial assistance agreement.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Normally, 6 months from receipt of grant application. Maximum, 12 months.
Renewal applications must be submitted no later than six months prior to the scheduled expiration of the project period and must include a separate section that describes the results of work accomplished through the date of the renewal application (see 10 CFR 605.9). Renewal applications shall be submitted electronically in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement through Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov.
How are proposals selected?
Applications will be subject to scientific merit review (peer review) and will be evaluated against the following criteria, listed in descending order of importance: Scientific and/or Technical Merit or the Educational Benefits of the Projects; Appropriateness of the Proposed Method or Approach; Competency of Applicant's Personnel and Adequacy of Proposed Resources; and, Reasonableness and Appropriateness of the Proposed Budget; and other appropriate factors, established and set forth in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
How may assistance be used?
See information at http://science.energy.gov/. Financial assistance, in whole and in part, may be provided for such purposes as salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, services, and other direct and indirect costs required for conducting research, research-related activities, and advanced technology projects or assessments described in the selected application. Restrictions on use of funds are specified in the governing federal and agency-specific financial assistance regulations and terms and conditions incorporated in individual financial assistance awards.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Typically, recipients are required to submit a final technical report as specified in the individual award terms and conditions. Quarterly and final SF 425, Federal Financial Reports, must be submitted as specified in the individual award terms and conditions. Typically, recipients are required to submit a Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) on an annual basis through PAMS as specified in the individual award terms and conditions. Quarterly financial SF 425, Federal Financial Reports, must be submitted as specified in the individual award terms and conditions. -.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. -as stated above.
Recipient is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate the total costs incurred under the grant.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. Cost sharing requirements of Section 988 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 are waived for financial assistance awards funding research of a basic and fundamental nature issued pursuant to 10 CFR 605. Financial assistance research awards that are not issued pursuant to 10 CFR 605 are subject to the cost sharing requirements of Section 988 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 unless waived. The cost sharing requirements of Section 988 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 do not apply to the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer research award.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, financial assistance awards are awarded as a three-year project period composed of three one-year budget periods that are either fully funded at the time of award or funded on an annual basis. Generally, funding restrictions are placed on fully-funded awards with planned annual funding releases. In both cases, funding/funding releases are authorized based on criteria established in the individual award terms and conditions including adequate progress and availability of funds, if applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The Office of Science Integrated Support Center - Chicago is responsible for negotiating and awarding the financial assistance awards. The awards will be issued utilizing DOE's electronic Strategic Integrated Procurement Enterprise System (STRIPES). The recipient will receive notification of availability of an approved financial assistance through STRIPES communication portal, Fedconnect.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Linda H. Shariati Office of Science
1000 Independence Avenue, Washington, District of Columbia 20585 Email: Linda.Shariati@science.doe.gov
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 14 $1,133,670,032; FY 15 est $1,124,690,169; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available(Exp: Budget pending) - Total fiscal year (FY) obligations for the Office of Science financial assistance awards are as follows: FY 13: $969,733,591, FY 14: $1,133,670,032; and FY 15 (estimate): $1,124,690,168.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$10,000 to $2,500,000; $250,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
10 CFR 605, The Office of Science Financial Assistance Program; 2 CFR 910, Department of Energy Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, and, 2 CFR 200, Office of Management and Budget Guidance for Grants and Agreements, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Agencies.
Examples of Funded Projects