University of Southern California


DE-FOA-0002481 – DOE Materials and Chemical Sciences Research for Direct Air Capture of Carbon Dioxide

Slots:                                1 still available out of 2

Internal Deadline:        Contact ORIF if interested; this is being released on a first-come, first-serve basis due to time sensitivity.

LOI:                                March 30th, 2021, 5pm ET

External Deadline:      May 18th, 2021

Award Type:                 Grant/ Interagency Agreement / National Laboratory authorizations

Anticipated Amount: $24 million

PDF of Award:            DOE_FOA_0002481

Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit include:

(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.

(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)

Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.

Purpose:                        The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces its interest in receiving applications from single investigators and from teams for support of experimental and theoretical efforts to advance fundamental understanding of the capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from dilute sources including combined capture and chemical conversion of CO2. Although direct air capture of carbon dioxide (DAC) generally refers to the capture of CO2 from ambient air, this FOA also
considers the removal of CO2 from partially concentrated air (e.g., building HVAC exhaust) and from natural fluids (e.g., the ocean and surface waters) that received their CO2 directly from ambient air. Enhanced understanding of scientific phenomena and approaches for DAC would accelerate progress and strengthen the foundation for applications that deliver economic benefit
and/or energy security. BES seeks innovative fundamental research in three topical areas:
1) Novel Energy Transfer Mechanisms for Regeneration of and Mass Transport in Direct Air Capture Systems;
2) Understanding Temporal Changes That Occur during Separations; and
3) Science Driven Synthesis and Assembly of Innovative Materials for Direct Air Capture.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.