This Funder Tool Kit specifically highlights the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). It includes news, priorities, funding opportunities, and award history, as well as proposal guidance and resources. The Funder Tool Kits are a collaborative effort between the UCF Libraries and ORC Research Development Team.
Cross search the UCF Libraries Catalog and many of the databases, journals, magazines, newspapers and ebooks.
DOE 2014-2018 Strategic Plan - a comprehensive blueprint to guide the agency's core mission of ensuring America's security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions
DOE Budgets and Performance Information - from Energy.gov
Learn Grants: DOE - includes mission and vision, program summaries and highlights, and links to more information. From grants.gov
Energy News - from Energy.gov
STEM Resources - Includes women in STEM, Teach and Learn, Energy Literacy, Joules of Wisdom blog, Competitions, Energy 101 Videos, STEM Rising Newsletter
#WomenInSTEM Blog - A listing of all of the #WomeninSTEM blogs on Energy.gov
DOE Blog - from Energy.gov
DOE Social Media Resources - Purpose and strategy, helpful links, and best practices. From Energy.gov
Pivot database (DOE saved search) - find, track, and share current/anticipated funding opportunities
DOE Funding & Financing - Browse funding opportunities from DOE
Acquisition Forecast - It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to provide timely information to the public regarding DOE’s forecast of future prime contracting opportunities and subcontracting opportunities which are available via the Department’s major site and facilities management contractors. (downloadable DOE HQ Acquisition Forecast in Excel spreadsheet format)
Specific Funding Mechanisms:
Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program - established in 2009 by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences to fund integrated, multi-investigator Centers focusing on energy-related "grand challenges" and use-inspired basic research needs. The last EFRC competition was held in 2014 and currently supports 32 Centers across the nation, funded at a level of ~$2-4 M per year for 4 years. The next EFRC competition has not yet been announced, but could be expected in 2018 when the current round of funding expires.
There are several offices within the DOE which fund grants to Universities:
Finding Past Awards:
The Research Development team maintains a library of internal/external submitted proposals and can assist with securing a sample and submitting FOIA requests. Contact Madhavi (Maddy) Chokshi for more information.
Grants 101 - from Grants.gov
DOE FAQs - from the DOE Office of Science (SC)
Peer Review Process and Review Criteria:
The DOE reviews the scientific and technical merit of all applications, and the peer review process is described on the website of the Office of Science (SC), as well as in the regulatory document 10 CFR Part 605.
The stated review criteria are:
Individual solicitations will define additional review criteria for a specific funding opportunity, and will often assign percentage points to how each review criterion will weigh in to the overall proposal score. Applicants are advised to read the solicitation's review criteria information carefully and to allocate space in their proposal to reflect the relative weights of the individual criteria.
This guide provides quick-reference information to complete DOE proposals (refer to the RFP for special requirements).
Grant applications must be submitted through Grants.gov
This website will provide prospective grant applicants with information about the Office of Science grant process. Acquisition and contracting services are provided by the DOE Office of Science Integrated Support Center (ISC). The ISC is a virtual organization comprised of the combined support capabilities of offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. You can also reach the ISC Office of Acquisition and Assistance.
The Office of Grants and Contracts Support serves the Office of Science, the basic scientific research arm of the Department of Energy.
For more information about proposal requirements for the following DOE subunits please refer to the links below:
Statement on Digital Data Management - Here, data management involves all stages of the digital data life cycle including capture, analysis, sharing, and preservation. The focus of this statement is sharing and preservation of digital research data.
A unique approach to supporting large, complex proposal submissions.
R: The Research Development team promises to rapidly Respond to investigator needs by immediately making ourselves available and beginning the research support process.
E: The Research Development team can Evaluate needs and available assets based on agency/RFP guidelines, existing infrastructure, collaboration requirements, and special requests (such as samples from the proposal library or FOIA requests and templates created for the specific announcement/agency).
A: The Research Development team can Assist with proposal components and coordinate efforts with the C&G team and College/Institute Administrators. Research Development can help prepare non-technical components of the proposal such as Facilities Equipment & Other Resources, Current & Pending Support, Letters of Collaboration, Biographical Sketches, Collaborators & Other Affiliations, research timeline tables, and perform searches for UCF facts and demographics/enrollment data. We can point to on-line materials that support the proposal preparation.
C: The Research Development team can Coordinate the proposal progress through meeting/communication assistance, identification and connection with collaborators/partners, document management, review coordination (editorial review, technical peer review), proposal progress scheduling, and follow-ups with collaborators.
T: The Research Development team can Track proposals through the stages of revision and finalization, and can provide post-submission evaluation.