The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
The number of awards depends on the amount and type of equipment excised during the year.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Used energy-related laboratory equipment is granted to nonprofit educational institutions of higher learning for use in energy-oriented research or instructional programs in the life, physical, and environmental sciences and engineering.
Nonprofit educational institutions of higher learning, such as universities, colleges, junior colleges, hospitals, and technical institutes or museums located in the United States and interested in establishing or upgrading energy oriented educational and research programs in the life, physical, and environmental sciences and engineering may apply.
Nonprofit institutions of higher education benefit.
Institutions complete the on-line application. This application includes: (1) Identification of institution and school and/or department where equipment would be used; (2) the objectives to be met through use of the equipment; (3) a detailed listing of the equipment requested; (4) a brief description of energy-oriented course offerings and numbers of graduate and undergraduate students enrolled; (5) data on qualifications of faculty members to make effective use of the equipment; (6) reference to any prior grant for equipment (financial or otherwise) to the same or to a related department; (7) the name and title of the person preparing the application . This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Aplication and Award Process
Representatives of eligible institutions should contact Department of Energy (DOE) Used Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment (ERLE) web site located at http://erle.osti.gov/erle.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.
A-102 and E.O.
The guideline and application are on the website. The application will be automatically submitted to the appropriate DOE field office via electronic mail. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award is on basis of first-received, first- qualified proposal.
Atomic Energy Act of 1954, Section 31(a) and (b), as amended, Public Law 83-703, 68 Stat. 919, 42 U.S.C. 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438, 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 30 days.
A written appeal must be submitted within 15 days after a freeze is placed on an item.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Post Assistance Requirements
At the end of the first year of use, institution must report on the manner in which equipment was used in establishment, expansion, or enhancement of energy research and/or energy related courses.
Audits are performed on a selective basis.
(Grants) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
The "Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment (ERLE) Guidelines" are available via the Internet at http://erle.osti.gov/erle.
Regional or Local Office
For DOE Operations Offices, see the "List Equipment." On "List Equipment" enter the item control number and hit "submit." This will bring up the individual to contact at the site where the specific piece of equipment is located.
Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. Telephone: (202) 586-7231.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals