Special DOE and Non-DOE Research Opportunities

Laboratory Directed Research and Development – LDRD
SLAC’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program is a vital source of internally directed funding at SLAC. Each year SLAC funds scientific research that is either too new or high-risk to be funded by existing programs. Knowledge gained from LDRD projects pushes the Laboratory toward vital and emerging scientific challenges keeping SLAC at the forefront of science and technology. Several of SIMES existing projects were initially seeded with LDRD funding.

SLAC’s call for LDRD proposals is usually issued in February, with proposals due mid-April. SIMES staff are available to assist with LDRD budgets and processing through SLAC. Please see SLAC’s LDRD website for additional information.

Early Career Research Proposals
For the past several years, the Department of Energy has provided competitive support for young scientists through its Early Career Research Program. The program aims to provide support to PIs who are within 10 years of receiving a Ph.D. and are either untenured assistant or associate professors on the tenure track, or full-time, non-postdoctoral, permanent DOE national laboratory employees. Proposals submitted through SLAC can be funded at levels up to $2,500,000 over 5 years. The process for submitting these proposals follows that of the DOE Field Work Proposal (FWP). The DOE sets the timing of its call for proposals; however, SIMES will attempt to notify its community of scientists as soon as we become aware of any DOE call for Early Career Research proposals.

Stanford University Funding Opportunities

The Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE)
PIE was founded in October 2006 as an independent research institute of Stanford University through a generous gift from Stanford alumnus Jay Precourt. PIE funds projects within six focus areas of energy efficiency research:

  • Buildings: commercial and residential building design, construction, operations, and embedded technologies, including building energy models and other design tools
  • Transportation: technology and regulation of passenger cars and light duty trucks; transportation systems analysis; vehicle electrification
  • Systems: systems analysis; electric generation/distribution systems, storage/distribution options, vehicle/building interactions
  • Behavior: behavioral and decision making research, analysis, and intervention
  • Energy Modeling: economic modeling of the energy system, institutions, and economic impacts, including process modeling of energy use
  • Energy Policy: policy design, policy analysis, individual faculty advocacy; pricing policies, policy interventions, R&D policy

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Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP)
GCEP’s mission is to conduct fundamental research on technologies which will result in significantly lower global greenhouse gas emissions. GCEP is supported and operated through the participation of four international companies—ExxonMobil, General Electric, Schlumberger, and Toyota. The Project’s sponsors will invest a total of $225 million over a decade as GCEP explores energy technologies that are efficient, environmentally benign, and cost-effective when deployed on a large scale.

Please see this link for more information on GCEP’s proposal development, review and funding processes.