Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Kitchin Wins Department of Energy Early Career Research Program Grant

Professor John Kitchin is a selectee for one of DOE's Early Career Research Program grants. " The title of his grant is Multifunctional Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalyst Design and Synthesis" funded by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences. This is a very significant award for a young faculty member. Note that only 69 awards were made from a pool of over 1700 applicants. The announcement from DOE:

Underscoring the Obama Administration¹s commitment to investing in innovation and research, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that 69 scientists from across the nation will receive up to US$85 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for five-year research grants as part of DOE¹s new Early Career Research Program. The new effort is designed to bolster the nation¹s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work. ³This investment reflects the Administration¹s strong commitment to creating jobs and new industries through scientific innovation,² said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. ³Strong support of scientists in the early career years is crucial to renewing America¹s scientific workforce and ensuring U.S. leadership in discovery and innovation for many years to come.² Under the program, university-based researchers will receive at least US$150,000 per year to cover summer salary and research expenses. For researchers based at DOE national laboratories, where DOE typically covers full salary and expenses of laboratory employees, grants will be at least US$500,000 per year to cover year-round salary plus research expenses. Awardees were selected from a pool of 1,750 university- and national laboratory-based applicants. Selection was based on peer review by outside scientific experts.