University of Southern California


DE-FOA-0001904: Research at the Frontiers of X-Ray Free Electron Laser Ultrafast Chemical and Materials Sciences, Department of Energy – Office of Science – Basic Energy Sciences

Slots:                                                     2                             

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested

LOI:                                                        April 30, 2018, 5 PM Eastern Time.                         

External Deadline:                          May 21, 2018, 5 PM Eastern Time

Award Information:                        Type:  Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: up to 15 awards.

Anticipated Amount: Ceiling: $1,500,000 per year, Floor: $300,000 per year

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


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Link to Award:                         

Who May Serve as PI:                    Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as Principal Investigators (PIs) are invited to work with their organizations, and other institutions, to develop an application for assistance. Individuals from underrepresented groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for assistance.


This FOA supports fundamental research for public benefit in materials and chemical sciences enabled by new ultrafast x-ray free electron laser (XFEL) capabilities at LCLS-II and its prospective upgrades. Applications must focus on XFEL-based research and address the Priority Research Opportunities identified in the recent BES Roundtable Report, “Opportunities for Basic Research at the Frontiers of XFEL Ultrafast Science.” Applications should clearly articulate how the research addresses the new scientific opportunities articulated in the Roundtable Report.

The three areas of research articulated in that report are: (1) probing and controlling electron motion within a molecule; (2) discovering novel quantum phases through coherent light-matter coupling; and (3) capturing rare events and intermediate states in the transformation of matter. Applications for relevant theoretical and experimental research involving small groups of investigators will be considered.
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