Genomic Science Program
U.S. Department of Energy | Office of Science | Biological and Environmental Research Program

FOA: Early Career Research Program


SC invites grant applications for support under the Early Career Research Program in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP), and Nuclear Physics (NP).

BER is seeking Biological Systems Science research only in the following area: (a) Fundamental systems biology-driven research on the roles of microbiomes in biogeochemical cycling processes. Applications are requested for systems biology and ‘omics driven basic research on the contribution of microbial communities to biogeochemical cycling in terrestrial soil environments. Applications should focus on innovative approaches to understand regulatory, metabolic, and/or signaling networks of environmental microbes and microbiomes. Applications focused on novel microbial processes or interactions with a significant impact on terrestrial soil environments are strongly encouraged. Proposed research may focus on natural microbial communities and/or model microbial consortia. Selected experimental systems may include the development of microbial community-scale metabolic and regulatory models that examine fundamental principles informative to understanding larger-scale biogeochemical processes. The development of genome-enabled techniques (e.g. metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics, community-scale metabolomics, etc.) is encouraged, as long as they are applied to understand ecosystem processes or to predict microbial responses to environmental change or stress.

  • Funding Announcement Number: DE-FOA-0002173
  • Funding Announcement: PDF
  • Submission Deadline for Pre-applications: January 7, 2020
  • Pre-application Response Date: January 30, 2020
  • Submission Deadline for Applications: March 16, 2020
  • Technical Contacts: Pablo Rabinowicz,