Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF.
External Deadline: August 15, 2022
Estimated Number of Awards: Depends on number of meritorious applications.
Anticipated Award Amount: $50,000/year award floor and $500,000/year award ceiling for 3 years.
Who May Serve as PI: Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as a Principal Investigator (PI) are invited to work with their organizations to develop an application. Individuals from underrepresented groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply.
The PI on an application may also be listed as a senior or key personnel on separate submissions without limitation.
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://orif.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
The DOE SC High Energy Physics (HEP) program hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for the REaching a New Energy sciences Workforce for High Energy Physics (RENEW-HEP) initiative. This program is intended to support training and research experiences in support of particle physics for members of underserved communities, with the dual goals of : (1) increasing the likelihood that participants from underrepresented populations, such as those present at minority serving institutions (MSIs)1, will pursue a career in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) related field; and (2) supporting investigators and building research infrastructure at institutions that have not traditionally been part of the particle physics portfolio.
This program is informed and influenced by the recommendations in recent reports including the American Institute of Physics TEAM-UP report (AIP TEAM-UP Report webpage, n.d.) . Applicants to this FOA should be aware of factors identified within that report that may influence the success or failure of trainees funded through this FOA. Some of the most relevant factors include the creation of an environment conducive to the development of a sense of belonging amongst participants, success in fostering a strong sense of physics identity among the participants, and the availability of support to “help students advance academically while earning money”. In addition, the longer duration of the traineeships envisioned here can provide opportunities for more senior participants to help mentor incoming participants, an activity that can support the desire to give back to one’s community and further bolsters physics identity.
Awards for traineeships are expected to include support for research in the particle physics portfolio as articulated in DE-FOA-0002546. Applications from MSIs are particularly sought, though it is anticipated that groups from research institutions where substantial research infrastructure is already in place may play an important role in recruiting and hosting participants or cohorts of participants from neighboring institutions, either directly or through partnering arrangements.
This FOA will support a program in which the concept of traineeships to broaden diversity in particle physics will be evaluated. Applicants are cautioned that renewal funding, subject to the availability of future appropriations, is contingent on the success and achievements of the overall traineeship initiative. At present, HEP does not expect, encourage, or prohibit any recipient under this FOA from submitting future applications for renewal funding.
The goal of this program is to help broaden and diversify the high energy physics community. We want to draw from the broadest possible pool of STEM talent within the U.S, at both the individual and institutional level to thereby help ensure the continued success of our mission. Historically, our community has been drawn primarily from a pool of potential talent that is less diverse than the general U.S. population, and has been concentrated at larger, research-intensive academic centers. For example, African American and Hispanic students are underrepresented within the ranks of students receiving a Ph.D. in particle physics by a factor of five or more compared to their numbers in the general U.S. population. The particle physics program also seeks to develop stronger connections to programs and activities at Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities as one of our high priority future facilities is partially located in the Black Hills. Applications from Professional Societies are expressly encouraged for their potential ability to meet these objectives.
Some of the barriers identified to diversity and equity in HEP include: lack of sufficient mentoring , support networks, or recruitment, outreach and professional culture of inclusion at “traditional” HEP research institutions; lack of research infrastructure and support at institutions that have not traditionally received HEP funding, possibly disadvantaging them in the competitive review process; the need for additional support for faculty at institutions with large teaching loads; and general financial barriers to students pursuing degrees in STEM fields. Applications should specifically address how they will address these barriers via mentoring plans, outreach and inclusion strategies, support for research infrastructure, and/or adequate student or faculty support, as appropriate.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.