DOE BER Releases FOA for Quantum-Enabled Imaging and Sensing for Bioenergy

The DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER), through its Bioimaging Research effort, announced its interest in receiving applications to advance fundamental research or use-inspired technologies of new bioimaging or sensing approaches that exploit quantum phenomena. BER seeks to advance our understanding of bioimaging by using new quantum science-enabled areas that could resolve limitations of classical optics including resolution and detection limits, signal-to-noise ratio, limitations on temporal dynamics, long term signal stability, sample photodamage and limited penetration, or selective biomolecule sensing. Fundamental research concepts and use-inspired, early prototype research are needed to realize quantum-enabled bioimaging and sensing.

Applications must describe how they would advance knowledge and predictive understanding of plant and microbial systems relevant to bioenergy and environmental research in fields of study supported by BER. Projects that incorporate quantum science concepts to enhance spatial and temporal resolution, measurement speed, long-term sample stability, or sensitivity of bioimaging technologies are desirable. Proposed research should demonstrate a comparative advantage over conventional methods.

Submission Deadline for Pre-Applications (required): January 14, 2022, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Click here to open the FOA.