University Coal Research
To improve scientific and technical understanding of the chemistry and physics involved in the conversion and utilization of coal. The primary objective is to fund long-term, high-risk, meritorious fundamental research for the advancement of science related to all Fossil Energy's coal-related programs. Through an annual solicitation, applications are sought with the potential to overcome barriers in technology development and accelerate emerging technologies advancements in the field of conversion and utilization of coal. .
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
Five awards selected Five awards selectedFiscal Year 2017
Four awards selectedFiscal Year 2018
five awards selectedFiscal Year 2019
seven awards selected
Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Public Law 83-703; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Public Law 93-438; Research and Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, Public Law 85-934; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93- 577; Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations for 1980, Public Law 96-126; Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations for 2004, Public Law 108-108, N/A
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Only US colleges and universities can apply.
In accordance with 2 CFR 910.124, eligibility for award is restricted to U.S. colleges, universities, and university-affiliated research institutions. Grants awarded through the UCR Program are for maintaining and upgrading the educational, training and research capabilities of U.S. universities and colleges in the fields of science, environment, energy and technology related to coal. The involvement of professors and students generates fresh research ideas and enhances the education of future scientists and engineers. To assure the program continues to support the performance of high quality fundamental research by professors and students at U.S. colleges and universities, applications may be submitted by U.S. colleges, universities and university-affiliated research institutions provided the following criteria are met: (1) Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator listed in the application is a teaching professor at the submitting university. If this condition is met, other participants, Co-Principal Investigators or research staff, who do not hold teaching positions may be included as part of the research team; (2) Applications from university-affiliated research institutions must be submitted through the college or university with which they are affiliated; and (3) At least one student registered at that university is to receive compensation for performing research.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirement, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
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. 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirement for Federal Awards applies to this program.
Applications reviewed by qualified experts in accordance with 2 CFR 200 with specific emphasis on the scientific and technical merit of the proposed research and the factors listed in the formal solicitation for proposals.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 90 to 180 days.
How are proposals selected?
Emphasis is on the scientific and technical merit of the proposed research and the factors listed as generic goals in the formal solicitation for proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Work must be related to program objectives. The eligibility of recipients for DOE financial assistance awards under the UCR Program is limited to U.S. universities, colleges, and university-affiliated research institutions. Projects selected for an award must have a teaching professor as Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal award are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Retention of records will be required pursuant to guidelines set forth in 2 CFR 200
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
Projects awarded through the UCR Program have a performance period of 36 months and are usually are funded by the Electronic Transfer System. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funding allocated by EFT.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Project Office - National Energy Technology Laboratory, 626 Cochrans Mill Road, P.O. Box 10940, Pittsburgh, PA, 15236-0940. Contact: Patricia Rawls, Telephone: 412-386-5882
Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$1,971,000.00; FY 19 est $2,798,244.00; FY 20 est $3,825,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Maximum funding for 36 month project is $400,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
A formal competitive opportunity annoucement for applications was issued for the fiscal year 2018 program. Release date was January 2018
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
Computational Energy Sciences, Material Science, and Sensor and Controls;Fiscal Year 2017
Computational Energy Sciences, Material Science, and Sensor and Controls;.Fiscal Year 2018
Coal Contaminant Partitioning in Power Plant Wastewater; Automated Plant Component Inspection, Analysis, and Repair Enabled by RoboticsFiscal Year 2019
Analytic Methods to Determine Arsenic and/or Selenium Concentrations in Fly Ash Waste Streams Generated from Coal Combustion, Cybersecure Sensors for Fossil Power Generation, Modeling Existing Coal Plant Challenges using High Performance Computing, and Coal Plant Effluent Water Reuse