DOE Office of Science Selects 68 Promising Researchers for Early Career Research Awards

Program aims to strengthen America's scientific workforce and focus scientists on critical mission areas.

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science announced today that 68 scientists from across the nation have been selected for five-year awards under the Office's Early Career Research Program. The five-year awards are designed to bolster the nation's scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

The research awards—which are the third year of an annual program—also aim at providing incentives for scientists to focus on mission research areas that are a high priority for the Department of Energy and the Nation.

Applicants direct their proposals to one of the DOE Office of Science's six major program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics and Nuclear Physics.

Awardees were selected from a pool of about 850 university- and national laboratory-based applicants. Selection was based on peer review by outside scientific experts.

To be eligible for an Early Career Research Program award, a researcher must have received a Ph.D. within the past ten years and be (1) an untenured, tenure-track assistant or associate professor at a U.S. academic institution or (2) a full-time employee at a DOE national laboratory. Research topics were required to fall within the specific topics described in the Fiscal Year 2012 Early Career Research Program Funding Announcements.

Projects announced today are selections for financial award. The final details for each award are subject to final grant and contract negotiations between DOE and the awardees.

A list of selectees, their institutions and abstracts of their research projects is available at

cSEND is pleased to recognize faculty member, Dr. Ruilan Guo, for her Early Career Research Program Award:

Guo, Ruilan, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, “Design Synthesis and Characterization of Triptycene‐Containing Macromolecules with Hierarchically Controlled Architectures as Functional Membrane Materials for Energy Applications,” selected by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences.