University Coal Research


To educate and train the next generation of engineers and scientists to help develop and contribute to a highly skilled, inclusive, and competitive U.S. workforce and economy. The primary objective is to fund research at U.S. colleges and universities that advances the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Managements mission of delivering transformative, integrated solutions to enable a sustainable, low-carbon energy future. 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 fossil energy and carbon management. Please note that projects for this Assistance Listing after Fiscal Year 2021 will now be funded under Assistance Listing 81.089.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Five awards selected Five awards selected
Fiscal Year 2017 Four awards selected
Fiscal Year 2018 five awards selected
Fiscal Year 2021 Seven awards made.
Fiscal Year 2022 Seven (7) awards made
Fiscal Year 2023 Seven (7) awards planned
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, PL 109-58, Energy Policy Act 2005, N/A
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Only US institutions of higher education can apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
In accordance with 2 CFR 910.124, eligibility for award is restricted to U.S. colleges, universities, & university-affiliated research institutions. Grants are for maintaining and upgrading the educational, training research capabilities of U.S. universities and colleges in the fields of science, environment, energy and technology related to fossil energy and carbon management systems. Applications may be submitted provided the following criteria are met: (1) Principal Investigator (PI) or a Co-PI listed in the application is a teaching professor at the submitting university. If this condition is met, other non-teaching participants 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 as amended by 2 CFR Part 910 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
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.
Award Procedure
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.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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?
Not applicable.
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 typically have a performance period of 36 months and are usually funded by the Electronic Transfer System (EFT). 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, Pittsburgh, PA, 15236-0940. Contact: Maureen Davison;
Headquarters Office
Bhima Sastri
Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585 US
Phone: 202-586-2561
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$1,199,153.00; FY 23 est $2,646,815.00; FY 24 FY 21$5,535,822.00; FY 20$5,590,184.00; FY 19$2,798,944.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range is $0 to $500,000 per individual award.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
A formal competitive opportunity announcement for applications was issued for the fiscal year 2022 program. Release date was July 2022.
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 Robotics
Fiscal Year 2021 Energy-Water Nexus Implications and Opportunities of a Hydrogen Economy; Electromagnetic Energy-Assisted Approaches to Convert Fossil Fuels to Low Cost Hydrogen; Process and Materials Co-Optimization for the Production of Blue Hydrogen; Addressing High-Temperature Materials Supply Chain Challenges; 5G for Coal-Fired Power Generation.
Fiscal Year 2022 Biogas Utilization in Refuse Power Plants; Coal Refuse and Biomass/Torrefied Biomass Co-Fired Power Plant; Advancing Coal/Waste Coal-Biomass Co-Firing Power Plants with Deep Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Toward Net-Zero Emissions; An Autonomous Robotic Inspection System for Coal Ash and Tailings Storage Facilities; Integrated Life Cycle and Techno-Economic Assessments of Central Appalachian Legacy Mine Sites for Biomass Development and Waste Coal Utilization; A Data-Driven Multiscale Phytotechnology Framework for Identification and Remediation of Leached-Metals-Contaminated Soil Near Coal Ash Impoundments; Co-Firing Switchgrass and Waste Coal in a Power Plant; ; AI-Enabled Autonomy of Robotic Inspection Platforms for Sustainability of Energy Infrastructure; Sustainable and Cost-Effective Phytoremediation Technologies in the Management of Contaminated Soils.


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