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Publication Date
8 December 2023

DOE Announces Funding for Earth System Model Development and Analysis


FOA will provide a total estimated funding of $16 million for projects starting in FY24 and FY25

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science has announced a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeking proposals from the scientific community to advance the fundamental understanding of dynamic, physical, and biogeochemical processes required to systematically develop and analyze results from earth system models.

The DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) invites research applications for Earth and Environmental Systems Modeling (EESM). The goal of the EESM portfolio within the BER program is to develop and demonstrate advanced modeling and simulation capabilities to enhance the Earth system's predictability over multiple temporal and spatial scales. The EESM vision is to provide the best possible information about the Earth’s evolving system: in addition to promoting understanding of the natural world, this knowledge could inform planning for energy assets and infrastructures.

This FOA will support will support the following Earth System Model Development (ESMD) and Regional and Global Model Analysis (RGMA) topics of interest: 

  1. ESMD focus: Further development of the marine biogeochemical simulations in the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) 
  2. RGMA focus: Hierarchical modeling, simulations, and analysis using E3SM and other earth system models to enhance understanding of biogeochemical (terrestrial and marine), aerosol, cloud, and/or aerosol-cloud interactions and feedbacks 
    • biogeochemical (terrestrial and marine) interactions and feedbacks 
    • aerosol, cloud, and/or aerosol-cloud interactions and feedbacks 
  3. ESMD and RGMA focus: Novel methodologies and techniques for model initialization coupled data assimilation.

Pre-applications are required and should contain a concise description of the objectives and technical approach of the proposed research that clarifies how the proposed research responds to the research topics of the FOA. The pre-application must include, for all senior personnel on the project, a list of the names and institutional affiliations of individuals who should not serve as merit reviews. 

  • Download funding opportunity announcement: FOA DE-FOA-0003228 (PDF).
  • Pre-application submission deadline: January 16, 2024 at 5:00 pm ET
  • Proposal submission deadline: March 21, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET

General inquiries about this FOA should be directed to the technical/scientific program contacts: 

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