Department of Energy (DOE)

In support of the DOE mission, the Office of Science (DOE-SC) provides a diverse investment in nanoscience research and development, primarily through grants to researchers at universities, funding for research groups at DOE laboratories, and support of interdisciplinary efforts such as the Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) and two Energy Innovation Hubs—the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) and the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR). The Office of Basic Energy Sciences supports fundamental research in materials science, chemical science, geoscience, and bioscience with the goal of understanding, predicting, and ultimately controlling matter and energy at the level of electrons, atoms, and molecules. This research provides the foundation for future new energy technologies and supports the DOE mission in energy, environment, and national security. 


DOE funding spans all eight program component areas of the NNI, with the majority falling into three categories: fundamental phenomena and processes (PCA 1), nanomaterials (PCA 2), and major research facilities and instrumentation acquisition (PCA 6). In the latter category the DOE investment is significantly larger than that of any other agency, due primarily to the operation of five Nanoscale Science Research Centers (NSRCs), state-of-the-art user facilities for interdisciplinary nanoscale research that are an integral part of DOE’s comprehensive portfolio for nanoscale science and technology. The NSRCs offer access to advanced capabilities, tools, and expertise for design, synthesis, processing, fabrication, analysis and characterization, and theory and modeling of nanoscale materials and are co-located with complementary scientific user facilities for X-ray, neutron, and electron-beam scattering at DOE laboratories across the country. As DOE user facilities, access to the NSRCs is available to all researchers at no cost for non-proprietary work through an external peer merit review process.


Harriet Kung
George Maracas
Andrew R. Schwartz
Brian G. Valentine


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