The Energy Department has granted $40 million in funds to establish four new Energy Frontier Research Centers to help advance scientific developments in support of the agency’s environmental management and nuclear cleanup mission.
DOE said Monday the centers will work to provide fundamental research that supports safe and efficient hazardous waste cleanup and assist the department’s Office of Environmental Management in the cleanup efforts.
The new EFRCs at Florida State University, Ohio State University, the University of South Carolina and DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be funded by DOE’s Office of Science.
DOE noted that it selected the centers through a merit review process and that the awards for each will be between $2 million and $4 million annually for up to four fiscal years.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said the four new EFRCs will work to support the discovery of new science and research technologies to drive DOE’s environmental cleanup efforts, which is one of its core missions.