August 12, 2019

Discovery Park to host DOE Energy Frontier Research Center Competition Workshop

Discovery Park will host a workshop for Purdue faculty and staff to help shape responses to the next U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) competition planned for fall 2019. This free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121.

EFRCs are multi-investigator, multidisciplinary centers that support fundamental research aimed at overcoming barriers to the development of new energy technologies and accelerating use-driven research to address energy needs. This fall, DOE plans to release a $40 million funding opportunity announcement to compete EFRCs with resources allocated to fund between six and 15 new EFRCs in the following three priority research areas:

Quantum information science: The current EFRCs are focused on quantum materials and DOE would like to fund new centers that have an expanded scope in materials research and chemistry to address a broader set of issues in quantum information science.

Microelectronics: This is a new topic area focused on advanced materials and chemistry to develop next generation’s microelectronics technologies for applications relevant to DOE’s mission, including computing, power grid management, and science facility workloads.

The energy-water nexus: The water security grand challenge is a top priority for Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and this research area helps advance fundamental knowledge in a broad set of DOE mission areas.

“Discovery Park is pleased to assist our research community with unique initiatives such as this,” states Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, chief scientific officer and senior vice president for strategic initiatives. “By participating in this event, Purdue University will be able to position itself in such a way to help prepare teams to compete successfully for government programs that align well with the strengths and interests of our faculty and staff.”

The workshop also will include an overview of other near-term funding opportunities from DOE’s Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program. These funding opportunities range in various research areas including artificial intelligence, materials and chemical science, geosciences and biosciences.

Seating for this workshop is limited. RSVP to reserve a spot and receive call-in information via Qualtrics here.

For more information, contact Cliff Wojtalewicz, assistant director of Discovery Park, at or 765-496-3961.

About Discovery Park
Discovery Park is a place where Purdue researchers move beyond traditional boundaries, collaborating across disciplines and with policymakers and business leaders to create solutions for a better world. Grand challenges of global health, global conflict and security, and those that lie at the nexus of sustainable energy, world food supply, water and the environment are the focus of researchers in Discovery Park. The translation of discovery to impact is integrated into the fabric of Discovery Park through entrepreneurship programs and partnerships.

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