In an effort to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a new 21st century energy economy, the Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the delivery of $377 million in funding for 46 new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), located at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and private firms across the nation.
‘These centers will mobilize the enormous talents and skills of our nation's scientific workforce in pursuit of the breakthroughs that are essential to expand the use of clean and renewable energy,’ says Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
Of the $377 million awarded to the EFRCs, $277 million comes from funding made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, with the remaining $100 million made from DOE's fiscal year 2009 budget.
The 46 EFRCs are being funded at $2 million to $5 million each per year for a planned initial five-year period, and were selected from a pool of applications received in response to a solicitation issued by the DOE's Office of Science in 2008 and announced on April 27.
SOURCE: Department of Energy