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​​​​​​​​​​Distinguished Early Career Program​

The Distinguished Early Career Program (DECP) is the Office of Nuclear Energy’s (NE) most prestigious award for faculty members beginning their independent careers. The intent of the program is to invest in the innovative research and education programs of outstanding early career university faculty poised to pave new lines of inquiry and advance mission critical research directions in nuclear energy.

Focus of projects is placed on an integrated, clear research and education plan that highlights research and educational strengths to support the development of the faculty member, research infrastructure, curriculum, and research outcomes that will advance research focus while training the next generation of nuclear energy professionals. This integrated path will lead to a successful career as an outstanding researcher, educator, and contributor to the broader nuclear energy community. ​​​

Who Can Apply?

Early career faculty members on the tenure track, no more than seven years past their PhD.

When does this program open for applications?

Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are released on varying dates each year, but this FOA typically opens for applications early May.

How to apply?

​To apply, click here and create an account.​


Related Documents

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Documents include abstracts, workscopes, travel forms, budget forms, conflict of interest disclosure forms, etc. 
Distinguished Early Career Program