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 the identification of solutions for energy and environmental problems.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: Six awards selected. Nine awards were made in FY13. Fiscal Year 2015: Six awards selected. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
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, Executive Order 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. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
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.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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.
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. 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?
Quarterly reports and technical progress reports containing research accomplishments and information on cost status, reported per task is required. Additionally, a final technical report is due 90 days after the end of performance period. Quarterly project Federal Financial Reports are required. Quarterly project technical progress and a final report are required. Topical Reports may be submitted as appropriate. Performance monitoring is achieved through submission of progress reports, site visits, and the Principal Investigators are required to participate in an Annual Contractors Review Meeting. Quarterly project Financial Cash Transaction Report is required. Quarterly project technical progress and a final report are required. Topical Reports may be submitted as appropriate. Expenditure reports are required quarterly. Performance monitoring is achieved through submission of progress reports, site visits, and the Principal Investigators are required to participate in a two day Annual Contractors Review Meeting, typically held in June each year.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. 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 formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. Limited university/industry collaboration is encouraged but not required, however, cost sharing may be required for larger sized grants that support university/industry collaboration MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
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:. 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
See Regional Agency Offices. Project Office - National Energy Technology Laboratory, 3610 Collins Ferry Road P.O.Box 880, Morgantow n WV 26507-0880 Contact: Dr. Sydni Credle, Telephone:304-285-5255.
Regis Conrad Department of Energy , Washington, , District of Columbia 20585 Email: Regis.Conrad@hq.doe.gov
Phone: (301) 903-2827 Fax: (301) 903-2713
(Project Grants) FY 14 $2,395,687; FY 15 est $2,399,963; and FY 16 est $2,699,991
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Maximum funding for 36 month project is $300,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
A formal competitive opportunity annoucement for applications was issued for the fiscal year 2015 program. Release date was January 2015
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: High Performance Materials, and Sensors and Controls. Fiscal Year 2015: Sensors and Controls and Simulation-Based Engineering. Fiscal Year 2016: Computational Energy Sciences, Material Science, and Sensor and Controls;.