DOE Early Career Research Program Accepting Applications for Fiscal Year 2024

Published: 19 December 2023

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Early Career Research Program recently released a funding opportunity announcement, DE-FOA-0003176, for university faculty and DOE National Laboratory researchers. The purpose of the Early Career Research Program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by the Office of Science.

Under this announcement, Biological and Environmental Research (BER) is seeking Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences research in the following area: Southeast U.S. Atmospheric Processes through use of Observations from the Third ARM Mobile Facility (AMF3) Bankhead National Forest (BNF) Atmospheric Observatory.

Atmospheric research within BER is focused on improving understanding of the key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiation processes that affect the Earth’s radiative balance and hydrological cycle, especially processes that limit the predictive ability of regional and global models (see the ASR website). Applications are sought that will improve fundamental understanding of cloud, aerosol, land-atmosphere interactions, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes in the Southeast United States through analysis of BER observational data from the ARM user facility’s new Bankhead National Forest (BNF) observatory in Northern Alabama.

Specific Southeast U.S. atmospheric processes of interest include aerosol processes, aerosol-cloud interactions, convective processes, and warm boundary-layer atmospheric processes. Observations from the ARM BNF observatory must be integral to the proposed research.

  • Informational Webinar: January 10, 2024, 1 p.m. Eastern time (view recording)
  • Pre-application Due Date: January 30, 2024, 5 p.m. Eastern time
  • Application Due Date: April 25, 2024, 5 p.m. Eastern time

Pre-applications are required and must be submitted by an authorized institutional representative by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

More details on eligibility, pre-application requirements, and full application requirements are contained within the relevant funding announcement DE-FOA-0003176 on the BER funding opportunities page and It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine their eligibility for the funding announcement, to include sufficient information in the pre-application to enable evaluation of responsiveness to the terms of the announcement, and to follow all guidelines and requirements in the announcement.

Send any inquiries regarding this announcement to the technical contact for the Southeast U.S. Atmospheric Processes topical area, Shaima Nasiri.

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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.