Office of Science Financial Assistance Program
The Office of Science?s (SC) mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and advance the energy, economic and national security of the United States. SC is the Nation?s largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences and the lead Federal agency supporting fundamental scientific research for our Nation?s energy future. SC accomplishes its mission and advances national goals by supporting: ? The frontiers of science?exploring nature?s mysteries from the study of fundamental subatomic particles, atoms, and molecules that are the building blocks of the materials of our universe and everything in it to the DNA, proteins, and cells that are the building blocks of life. Each of the programs in SC supports research probing the most fundamental disciplinary questions. ? The 21st Century tools of science?providing the nation?s researchers with 27 state-of-the-art national scientific user facilities - the most advanced tools of modern science - propelling the U.S. to the forefront of science, technology development, and deployment through innovation. ? Science for energy and the environment?paving the knowledge foundation to spur discoveries and innovations for advancing the Department?s mission in energy and environment. SC supports a wide range of funding modalities from single principal investigators to large team-based activities to engage in fundamental research on energy production, conversion, storage, transmission, and use, and on our understanding of the earth systems.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Public Law 85-536
Public Law 95-91
Public Law 102-486
Public Law 108-153
Public Law 108-423
Public Law 109-58
Public Law 110-69
Public Law 111-358
Public Law 115-246
Public Law 115-368
Public Law 83-703
Public Law 93-577
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 https://www.nsf.gov/awards/managing/rtc.jsp.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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. Every funding opportunity announcement published at https://www.grants.gov will detail its anticipated notification schedule.
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 https://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 https://www.energy.gov/science/office-science to see the array of scientific research supported by this program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
-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
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. 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 the secure communication portal affiliated with STRIPES, FedConnect, available at https://www.FedConnect.net.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Michael S. Zarkin
19901 Germantown Road
Germantown, MD 20874 US
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$1,332,804,781.00; FY 19 est $1,225,000,000.00; FY 20 est $1,225,000,000.00; FY 17$1,134,577,949.00; FY 16$1,152,471,037.00; - Total fiscal year (FY) obligations for the Office of Science financial assistance awards are as follows: FY 14: $1,134,524,873, FY 15: $1,123,478,061; and FY 16: $1,153,268,755, FY17: $1,134,577,949, FY18$1,1332,804,781
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