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Funder Tool Kits: DOE

Welcome

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 OR Research Development Team.

PROPOSAL PREPARATION

FIND INFORMATION: News, Funding Opportunities, and Past Awards

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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

Direct Current: An Energy.gov Podcast

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 solicitations are typically posted on Grants.gov as well as on the agency-specific funding opportunity websites listed above.  If pursuing a DOE funding opportunity, it is wise to subscribe to receive email updates for that opportunity, as it is not unusual for one or more amendments to be posted between the original release date and the due date. 

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: 

Basic Research

Applied Research

Finding Past Awards:

FOIA Request Information (DOE)

The OR 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.

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PLAN YOUR PROPOSAL: Guidance and Resources

Grants 101 - from Grants.gov

DOE overview - from Grants.gov

DOE Grants Process

Grant Rules, Regulations, and Guidance

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:

  1. Scientific and/or technical merit or the educational benefits of the project;
  2. Appropriateness of the proposed method or approach;
  3. Competency of applicant's personnel and adequacy of proposed resources;
  4. Reasonableness and appropriateness of the proposed budget; and
  5. Other appropriate factors, established and set forth by ER in a notice of availability or in a specific solicitation.

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.

  • Crafting the Data Management Plan - led by Lee Dotson
  • DMP Tool - Create, review, and share DMPs that meet institutional and funder requirements. The DMP Tool Blog and Webinar Series provide helpful guidance.
  • STARS - UCF researchers are eligible to submit materials to STARS, a university-wide digital repository hosted on the Digital Commons platform (a comprehensive hosted solution for storing, managing, and sharing data). Click here to visit the researcher portion of the FAQs for STARS.
  • re3data.org - The Registry of Research Data Repositories is a tool for helping identify and locate online repositories of research data. 

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DRAFT YOUR PROPOSAL: Section Instructions and Templates

This guide provides quick-reference information to complete DOE proposals (refer to the RFP for specific requirements).

UCF Office of Research Budget Guidance 

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 OR 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

DOE Point of Contact at UCF

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
407-823-1480
Talat.Rahman@ucf.edu


Additionally, information on Office of Research points of contact related to contracts, proposal submission, compliance, tech transfer, IRB, and IACUC is available at research.ucf.edu 

Support from UCF Librarians

Get Help With:

  • Citation Management
  • Data Management Plans
  • Publishing & Author Rights
  • STARS - Data Hosting
  • Literature Review (select by subject from the list below):

    General Proposal Support from Research Development Team

    Now that you have found the perfect funding opportunity, let us help you build the perfect proposal. The OR Research Development team can help with planning, preparation assistance, draft review feedback, informational resources, and more! Visit our website for next steps information.

    Large Proposal Support from Research Development Team

    A unique approach to supporting large, complex proposal submissions.

    Find Potential Collaborators

    Find potential collaborators via the PIVOT Database - Run a search or View tutorials

    Find scholarship by DOE Awardees with the Web of Science View tutorial or Search now

    See DOE awardees via the USA Spending Database UCF-specific or Search all awards

    The OR Research Development Team would be happy to help search for potential collaborators at UCF. Visit our website for more information.