Department of Energy Early Career Research Program for FY 2022

Awards Will Support University and National Laboratory Scientists


Announcement of 2022 Awards for the Early Career Research Program

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 83 scientists from across the nation—including 27 from DOE’s national laboratories and 56 from U.S. universities—to receive funding for research as part of the DOE Office of Science’s Early Career Research Program. The program, now in its thirteenth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. Profiles of some of the previous award recipients, including information about how the program helped them in their research and careers, can be found here.

Since its inception, 785 awards have been made through the Early Career Research Program, including 508 awards to universities and 277 awards to national laboratories.

To be eligible for the DOE award, a researcher must be an untenured, tenure-track assistant, or associate professor at a U.S. academic institution or a full-time employee at a DOE national laboratory who received a Ph.D. within the past 10 years. Research topics are required to fall within one of the DOE Office of Science's eight major program offices:  Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Isotope R&D and Production, and Accelerator R&D and Production.    

Awardees were selected from a large pool of university- and national laboratory-based applicants. Selection was based on peer review by outside scientific experts. Projects announced today are selections for negotiation of financial award. The final details for each project award are subject to final grant and contract negotiations between DOE and the awardees.

The list of the planned awards for 2022 and the abstracts for the 2022 and prior year awards under this program are listed below.

Planned awards for FY 2022

FY 2023 funding opportunity:  The announcement for the 2023 Early Career Research Program is pending.