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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a proposed $100 million in funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). A competition will be open to proposals from both existing EFRCs seeking renewal of support and institutions seeking to establish new EFRCs.

The DOE says the centers selected from the current competition will help lay the scientific groundwork for fundamental advances in solar energy, biofuels, transportation, energy efficiency, electricity storage and transmission, carbon capture and sequestration, and nuclear energy.

The department currently funds 46 EFRCs, which were selected for five-year funding in 2009. With support for those centers set to expire in July 2014, the DOE has introduced this second round of funding.

According to the DOE, universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and private firms are eligible to compete and are encouraged to form multi-disciplinary research teams that may include partnerships with other institutions.

Awards are expected to range from $2 million to $4 million per year and center for each of five fiscal years, the DOE adds.

Mandatory letters of intent to apply are due on Nov. 13, with full applications due on Jan. 9, 2014. Award selection is expected by June 2014.

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