Updated: February 7, 2012. In response to a question raised by potential applicants, DOE has modified the text of DE-FOA-0000647 to correct an unintended limitation of scope of the announcement.

Although a complete revised version of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) has been posted, the only change is in one sentence in the original text on page 7, “Except as applicable under items (b) or (c) above, Applications under the Aerosol Life Cycle area will not be considered under this Announcement.” This has been modified to read, “Except as applicable under items (a)-(c) above… ”

The change was made to make explicit that research concepts that exploit or extend the “new capabilities of the Recovery Act ARM instrumentation” under topic a are indeed strongly desired for this announcement, including the new aerosol instrument capabilities in the fixed sites, AMF2, AAF, and Mobile Aerosol Observing System.

We recommend that potential applicants download and consider the revised FOA.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) grants for under-represented research within the program. Priority will be given to applications that use or extend the new capabilities of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility Recovery Act instrumentation, address topics within the aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions area, or propose program relevant studies involving the recent/ongoing campaigns, such as:

Successful applications will be part of the Atmospheric System Research (ASR) Program in the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD). The mission of ASR is to improve the treatment of clouds, precipitation, aerosols, and radiative transfer processes in atmospheric models, that in turn are combined with ocean, terrestrial, and ice sheet models to make projections of climate change.

Preapplications are REQUIRED and due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on February 24, 2012.

Potential applicants are required to submit a brief preapplication, referencing DE-FOA-0000647. Preapplications should consist of a single PDF or text file containing a cover sheet plus no more than three pages of narrative describing the research objectives and which FOA research area, 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 "Preapplication - DE-FOA-0000647 [PI Last name and Lead Institution]" 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 April 16, 2012, 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.