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 the many databases, journals, magazines, newspapers and ebooks available.
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
Grants.gov (DOE search) - Browse current/forecasted DOE 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 ORC 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 overview - 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.
DOE 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.
UCF Library Support - The UCF library maintains a Data Management Research Guide. You can schedule a consultation to meet with a librarian for an in-depth one on one consultation specific to your research topic.
This guide provides quick-reference information to complete DOE proposals (refer to the RFP for specific requirements).
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.
For more information about proposal requirements for the following DOE subunits please refer to the links below:
Grant applications must be submitted through Grants.gov.
The ORC Research Development Team can provide support with proposal coordination, templates, samples, supplemental documents, reviews, and more. Visit our website for more information.
POINTS OF CONTACT
This point of contact is very familiar with DOE priorities/processes and can give helpful advice to increase the competitiveness of your proposal.
Talat Rahman, PhD
UCF Pegasus Professor
Department of Physics
University of Central Florida
Additionally, information on ORC points of contact related to contracts, proposal submission, compliance, tech transfer, IRB, and IACUC is available at research.ucf.edu
Now that you have found the perfect funding opportunity, let us help you build the perfect proposal. The ORC Research Development team can help with planning, preparation assistance, draft review feedback, informational resources, and more! Visit our website for next steps information.
The ORC Research Development Team would be happy to help search for potential collaborators at UCF. Visit our website for more information.