The Energy Department on June 18 awarded $100 million for 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) that will accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy. The announced awards are the second round of funding through the Department’s Office of Science for EFRCs, and the research supported by this initiative will enable fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use.
The 32 projects receiving funding were competitively selected from more than 200 proposals. Ten of these projects are new while the rest received renewed funding based both on their achievements to date and the quality of their proposals for future research. Twenty-three of the projects receiving funding are headed by universities, eight are led by the Department’s national laboratories, and one project is run by a non-profit organization. Awards range from $2 million to $4 million per year per center for up to four fiscal years, subject to a progress review in year two.
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