2021 Data Science to Advance Chemical and Materials Sciences – Letter of Intent

The Syracuse University Office of Research is pleased to announce the launch of the Limited Submission call for letters of intent for the 2021 Data Science to Advance Chemical and Materials Sciences. Syracuse University may serve as the lead institution for two proposals. For this Limited Submission Opportunity (LSO) we are issuing a call for intent to submit to gauge faculty interest in a particular funding opportunity. At this stage, only submission of a form and abstract is required to express interest in the opportunity.

Click here to view the full competition information.

Sponsor Program Announcementhttps://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332227
Number of Possible Internal Nominees: 2
Internal Letter of Intent Due Date: April 8, 2021
Sponsor Deadline: April 14, 2021 (Required Pre-Application)

Synopsis of the Program

The DOE SC program in Basic Energy Sciences (BES) announces its interest in receiving new applications from teams of investigators expanding the integration of data science methods with BES research disciplines, to accelerate scientific discovery and overcome difficult challenges in these fields. This FOA is focused on new applications that will take advantage of the rapid growth of data science, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) methodologies. The FOA will support teams of investigators for synergistic computational, experimental, and theoretical research covered by the research areas in the BES divisions of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences (CSGB) and Materials Sciences and Engineering (MSE). The focus of the proposed research must be on science-based, data-driven approaches enabling solutions for fundamental basic energy sciences challenges not possible otherwise. The goal of the application should be to integrate novel data science, uncertainty quantification, and other AI and ML approaches with domain sciences to uniquely advance the understanding of fundamental properties and processes relevant to chemical and materials systems, and achieve predictability of functions and behavior under dynamic conditions.


Applicant institutions are limited to no more than two (2) pre-applications and applications as the lead institution. There is no limit on the number of pre-applications on which an institution may appear as a partner (not the lead institution).

An individual is limited to be named as the Lead PI on no more than one (1) submission. Individual senior investigators are strongly encouraged not to participate on more than two (2) submissions.
Applications with subawards must ensure that more funding is requested for the prime applicant than for any other entity.

Funding and award period

A total of up to $21 million in current and future fiscal year funds will be used to support awards under this FOA. Awaards will range from $400,000 to $1,200,000 per year.. DOE anticipates making awards with a project period of up to 3 years.

Call for Intent to Submit Limited Submission Process

For this Limited Submission Opportunity (LSO) we are issuing a call for intent to submit to gauge faculty interest in a particular funding opportunity. At this stage, only submission of a form and abstract is required to express interest in the opportunity. If there is more interest than the number of submissions allowed by the sponsor (e.g., four faculty have expressed interest in applying to this opportunity where the sponsor only allows two proposals from the University), we will announce an internal competition for pre-proposals.

If no applications are received by a call for intent to submit deadline, the LSO will become “first come, first served.” At this stage, eligible applicants may express interest in the opportunity any time before the sponsor deadline.

PI Responsibilities

If a proposal is selected and the PI or team decides to forgo an application, they must notify the Office of Research within five days of the selection notice. This allows another proposal to be selected and move forward. If the PI fails to submit a proposal and has not notified the Office of Research, the PI runs the risk of being disqualified from future LSO competitions.

PI Eligibility

For any sponsored research projects, the applicant must be eligible to serve as Principal Investigator for the project, unless otherwise noted in the LSO. Please see our PI Eligibility requirements to ensure you are eligible.

Questions: Email LimitedSubmissions@syr.edu