September 13, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $73 million in funding for eleven projects which focus on the goal of accelerating the transition from discovery to commercialization of new technologies that will form the basis of future industries. This goal will require basic research to be conducted with an eye to an innovation’s end application, considering discovery, creation, and production of materials and technologies with approaches that can be scaled and readily transitioned into new products and capabilities to support the economic health and security of the nation.
“This research will integrate novel concepts and approaches in use-inspired basic research to address gaps or challenges that limit the ultimate transition to applied research for further development and demonstration,” said Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Director of the Office of Science. “Achieving these research goals will greatly accelerate the innovation cycle, which currently can take years to decades to realize.”
Examples of projects funded as part of the Accelerate initiative include:
The projects were selected by competitive peer review under the DOE National Laboratory Program Announcement for research to Accelerate Innovations in Emerging Technologies. The multi-disciplinary programs are supported by Office of Science programs in Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Biological and Environmental Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and the DOE Isotope Program. The projects have multi-institutional teams, each led by a national laboratory with partners from other national laboratories, industries, and universities, often including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), thereby providing an outstanding opportunity for workforce development in a highly multi-disciplinary research environment.
Total funding is $73 million for projects lasting up to two years in duration, with $38 million in Fiscal Year 2023 dollars and outyear funding contingent on congressional appropriations. The list of projects and more information can be found at the Office of Science Funding Opportunities page.
Selection for award negotiations is not a commitment by DOE to issue an award or provide funding. Before funding is issued, DOE and the applicants will undergo a negotiation process, and DOE may cancel negotiations and rescind the selection for any reason during that time.