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DoE offers funding opportunity for green-energy research

BELLINGHAM, WA, USA- 12 September 2008 - The U.S. Department of Energy has announced it will accept applications through 1 October for research projects that can accelerate the rate of scientific breakthroughs needed to create advanced green-energy technologies for the future.

The DoE Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) is initiating Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the rate of scientific breakthroughs needed to create advanced energy technologies for the 21st century. The EFRCs will pursue the fundamental understanding necessary to meet the global need for abundant, clean, economical energy, the DoE said.

EFRC awards will be initiated in Fiscal Year 2009 based on an open competition among academic institutions, DoE laboratories, and other institutions. Research activities may be sited at universities, at DoE laboratories, or in joint university-laboratory collaborations. Awards are expected to be in the $2-5 million range annually for an initial 5-year period. It is anticipated that approximately $100 million will be available for multiple EFRC awards.

To see the full announcement, updates, and more information, visit the BES website at sc.doe.gov/bes/EFRC.html.