Science and Technology Policy Fellowships in Strategic Programs

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy

Washington, D.C.


Project Description:

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships will serve as the next step in the educational and professional development of leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, providing an opportunity for scientists and engineers with relevant energy technology experience to participate in policy-related projects at DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C.

The EERE STP Fellows will apply the expertise gained from advanced degrees and history of conducting research to new and ongoing EERE initiatives. As a result of their participation in the program, Fellows are expected to:

-Gain deep insight into the federal government’s role in the creation and implementation of policies that will affect energy technology development.

-Contribute to the implementation of energy policies by applying their scientific and technical expertise to the development of solutions for problems in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

-Continue their education and involvement in areas that support the EERE mission either in a technical or policy-related role.

-Introduce policy-related knowledge and interest into research facilities supporting the EERE mission.

Three levels of Fellowships, Fellows, Senior Fellows and Junior Fellows, will allow both recent graduates and experienced scientists and engineers to participate in the EERE STP Fellowships. Fellows will be assigned to policy-related projects and be mentored by senior EERE staff.

Strategic Program Fellows: Applicants selected as a Strategic Programs Fellow will be a core team member of the Assistant Secretary’s initiative to increase commercially relevant research conducted at the Department of Energy’s national laboratories, with an end goal of doubling commercial activity at the national laboratories in three years. The fellow will serve as a research analyst and conduct research, analysis, and synthesis and analysis of internal and external business models, approaches, reports, and other relevant materials associated with national laboratory activities In close collaboration with the Director of the initiative and EERE’s senior leadership, the Fellow will analyzes strategic plans/reports and advises senior management on how to implement these concepts in conjunction with changes brought about by assessments of programs and services of the technology offices. The Fellow will develop research reports, briefing materials and recommendation memos for the Director and EERE senior leadership.

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DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs)

Funding Opportunity Number: DE-FOA-0000987

FOA Attached

To ensure coordination of effort, the Research Office is asking for a short statement of intent from PIs that are interested in submitting a proposal to the DOE EFRCs program. The statement should not exceed three pages and include a brief description of the proposed scope of work to allow the Research Office to evaluate competing proposals and identification of all investigators and partners.

Submit statement of intent to Debbie Delmore, Research Office at by Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

In 2009, the Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science established the Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program. These integrated, multi-investigator centers involve various combinations of researchers at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit firms. The EFRCs have conducted fundamental research focused on one or more “grand challenges” and use-inspired “basic research needs” identified in major strategic planning efforts by BES and the scientific community. These centers bring together the skills and talents of teams of investigators to perform energy-relevant basic research with a scope and complexity beyond that possible in standard single-investigator or small-group projects. The multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary nature of these centers fosters an environment in which innovations are encouraged and scientific breakthroughs accelerated to provide the basis for transformative energy technologies. The EFRCs pursue the fundamental understanding necessary to enhance U.S. energy security and to meet the global need for abundant, clean, and economical energy.

The Office of Basic Energy Sciences announces the re-competition of the EFRCs and encourages both new and renewal applications. Applications will be required to address both use-inspired priority research directions identified by the series of “Basic Research Needs” reports and scientific grand challenges identified in the report Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination, both of which are described below. In addition, as appropriate, applicants are encouraged to consider the incorporation of research approaches outlined in the following two reports: 1)Computational Materials Science and Chemistry: Accelerating Discovery and Innovation through Simulation-Based Engineering and Science; and 2) From Quanta to the Continuum: Opportunities for Mesoscale Science. All of these reports can be found here:

DOE Letter of Intent Deadline: November 13, 2013

DOE Application Due Date: January 9, 2014


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