Funding Opportunities

We regularly maintain this list of federal and non-federal funding opportunities related to energy research. For every opportunity, you will find the title, funding agency, a short description, major application deadline, and a link to the original funding announcement. Researchers can also subscribe to our monthly email newsletter containing the most recent funding opportunities from this list.

2019 Wood Innovations Program Request for Proposals

| U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) | Sponsored Research

The U.S. Forest Service requests proposals to substantially expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets throughout the United States to support forest management needs on National Forest System and other forest lands.

Plant Deconstruction

$3.1m Food and agricultural science national needs graduate and postgraduate fellowship (NNF) grants program

| U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) | Sponsored Research

This grant program supports: (1) training students for master's and doctoral degrees in food, agricultural and natural resource sciences; and (2) Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances (IRTA) for eligible USDA NNF beneficiaries.

Transportation & Fuels, Biofuels & Bioproducts

Designing materials to revolutionize and engineer our future

| National Science Foundation (NSF) | Sponsored Research

DMREF is the primary program by which NSF participates in the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) for Global Competitiveness.

Electricity Systems, Materials

$9 million for research on fusion theory

| U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | Sponsored Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a plan to provide $9 million for new theoretical and computational research on magnetic fusion energy science. Research to be supported will include basic analytical work on magnetic confinement fusion as well as development of simulation software capable of exploiting the potential of next generation high-performance computers.

Electricity Systems, Nuclear

Spectrum efficiency, energy efficiency, and security (SpecEES): enabling spectrum for all

| National Science Foundation (NSF) | Sponsored Research

The National Science Foundation's Directorates for Engineering (ENG) and Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) are coordinating efforts to identify bold new concepts to significantly improve the efficiency of radio spectrum utilization while addressing new challenges in energy efficiency and security, thus enabling spectrum access for all users and devices, and allowing tradit

Electricity Systems, Materials

$3.5m Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program (BRAG)

| U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) | Sponsored Research

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms (GE), including plants, microorganisms — such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses — arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans.

Transportation & Fuels, Plant Genetics & Breeding

University training and research for fossil energy applications

| U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | Sponsored Research

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is for the solicitation of applications from United States Colleges and Universities for Fossil Energy Research.

Advanced technologies for recovery of unconventional oil and gas resources

The objective of this FOA is to solicit and competitively seek cost shared research proposals for the development of tools, methods, and/or technologies needed to address critical gaps in the general understanding of unconventional reservoirs and their response to stimulation and production in order to optimize UOG development and enable more efficient and cost-effective UOG resource recovery;

Improving efficiency, reliability, and flexibility of existing coal-fueled power plants

| U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | Sponsored Research

Funding opportunity announcement DE-FOA-0001989, Improving Efficiency, Reliability, and Flexibility of Existing Coal-Based Power Plants, will develop, in the near-term, advanced technologies that improve the overall performance, reliability, and flexibility of the nation’s existing coal-fired power plant fleet.

University turbine systems research

| U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) | Sponsored Research

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit and competitively award university-based R&D projects that address and resolve scientific challenges and applied engineering technology issues associated with advancing the performance and efficiency of combustion turbines in combined cycle applications (e.g., IGCC/NGCC) in fossil fuel power generation.