The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) research grants for the development of innovative laboratory and observational data analyses. The resulting knowledge from such analyses will be used to improve cloud and aerosol formulations in global climate models.

Successful applications will be part of the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Program in the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD). The mission of ASR, in partnership with the ARM Climate Research Facility, is to quantify the interactions among aerosols, clouds, precipitation, radiation, dynamics, and thermodynamics to improve fundamental process-level understanding, with the ultimate goal of reducing the uncertainty in global climate simulations and projections.

Preapplications are REQUIRED and due by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 15, 2011.

Potential applicants are required to submit a brief preapplication, referencing DE-FOA-0000556. Preapplications should consist of a PDF file containing a maximum of two pages of narrative describing the research objectives, the technical approach(s), and the proposed team members and their expertise. Applicants for collaborative projects should submit a single preapplication identifying all project participants.

Preapplications should be sent via email to the ASR Program Manager, Dr. Ashley Williamson at Ashley.Williamson@science.doe.gov. Please include "[Lead PI name] – Preapplication - DE-FOA-0000556" in the subject line of the email. Only those preapplicants that receive notification from DOE encouraging a formal application may submit full applications, which will be due September 6, 2011, 11:59 p.m. EDT.

A summary of the announcement is available on the DOE Office of Science website. The complete announcement, including detailed submission instructions, can be found at FedConnect.