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US$ 100 million for innovative energy research

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

US Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz has announced the awarding of US$ 100 million for Energy Frontier Research Centres (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st century energy economy. The awards are the second round of funding for EFRCs and the research supported by this initiative will enable fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use.

Selection and criteria

The 32 projects receiving funding were selected from over 200 proposals. 10 of them are new while the rest received renewed funding based both on their achievements to date and the quality of the proposals for future research. 23 of the projects receiving funding are headed by universities, eight are led by the Energy Department’s National Laboratories and one is run by a non-profit organisation.

The awards range from US$ 2 – 4 million /y per centre for up to four fiscal years, subject to a progress review in year two. The DOE plans to open the EFRC program to new applications every two years.


Secretary Moniz said, ‘today, we are mobilising some of our most talented scientists to join forces and pursue the discoveries and breakthroughs that will lay the foundation for our nation’s energy future. The funding we’re announcing today will help fuel scientific and technological innovation.’

Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd

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