University of Southern California


DE-FOA-0002441 – Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing: Partnerships in Basic Energy Sciences

Slots:                                                     1 still available out of 2

Internal Deadline:                             First-come, first-served: please contact the ORIF if interested.

LOI:                                                        January 19, 2021, 5pm EST

External Deadline:                            April 6, 2021

Award Type:                                       A Grant or a Cooperative Agreement may be awarded under this FOA.

Anticipated Amount:                     $32 million to support awards under this FOA. Award floor is $1,000,000 per year and award ceiling is $2,000,000 per year.

Who May Serve as PI:                    All types of domestic applicants are eligible to apply, except nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995. Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as a Principal Investigator (PI) are invited to work with their organizations to develop an application for assistance. Individuals from underrepresented groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for assistance.

Link to Award: DE-FOA-0002441 or

Submission Process: 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)

Purpose:                                              The DOE SC programs in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) and Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) announce their interest in receiving applications from interdisciplinary teams to establish Partnerships under the SC-wide Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program in specific targeted topic areas that relate to the BES and ASCR missions.

Topics for this solicitation are limited to those listed below. Applications and Pre-Applications in other research areas may be declined without review. SciDAC will support interdisciplinary teams to establish partnerships between domain scientists – in the fields of materials science, condensed matter physics, chemical sciences, geosciences, and energy-related biosciences – and applied mathematicians and/or computer scientists to overcome barriers between these disciplines. The integrated teams will engage with the SciDAC Institutes and allow full use of DOE HPC computing capabilities. Two topical areas of interest will be targeted:

(A)Quantum Phenomena of many-particle systems driven far from equilibrium. Applications are sought that drive and manipulate quantum effects such as coherence, entanglement, and novel states of matter by going beyond the use of existing quantumbased methods in their traditional regimes.

(B) Predictive Control of Reaction Pathways for chemical mechanisms in complex nonequilibrium and field-driven environments important in synthesis of materials and chemicals, and deconstruction of macromolecular structures such as plastics for polymer upcycling. Efforts aimed at extending currently attainable length/time scales or increasing complexity and that algorithmically match efficiency enhancements offered by next generation computers will receive priority.

Budgetary Requirements:              No cost sharing or matching requirements.

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