The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced $100 million in funding for 10 Energy Frontier Research Centres (EFRCs) to accelerate research and development of new sustainable energy technologies.
The programme brings together researchers from multiple disciplines and institutions—including universities, national laboratories, industry, and nonprofit organizations—and combines them into synergistic, highly productive teams.
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“The EFRC program has been one of our most innovative and successful basic science research efforts, driving progress in a wide range of important scientific fields,” said US secretary for energy, Daniel Brouillette.
“Through these research centres, the Department is mobilising America’s scientific workforce to lay the foundation for the nation’s future energy innovation, security, and prosperity.”
“At a time when the science and technology challenges we face are increasingly multidisciplinary in nature, the EFRCs have proved an exemplary vehicle for forging strong multidisciplinary teams,” said Dr. Chris Fall, Director of DOE’s Office of Science. “Since their inception in 2009, the EFRCs have been an enormous force for both discovery and innovation.”
The current cohort of EFRCs, selected by competitive peer review, includes six new centres and renewals of two existing ones, all to be funded for up to four years. Based on favourable peer-review evaluations, an additional two existing centers were awarded two-year extensions to support the completion of valuable research in progress.
The DOE says these centres will help to accelerate scientific discovery and understanding in energy-relevant fields such as materials and chemistry for microelectronics and quantum information science; chemical upcycling of polymers; and environmental management.