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Program Descriptions

Program Number



Used Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment Grants


Federal Agency




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.






To assist United States institutions of higher education in equipping their science and engineering laboratories for energy-related research and/or instructional purposes.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


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.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Representatives of eligible institutions should contact Department of Energy (DOE) Used Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment (ERLE) web site located at This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102 and E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

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 Procedure

Award is on basis of first-received, first- qualified proposal.



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.



Assistance Considerations

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.




Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance



Program Accomplishments

The number of awards depends on the amount and type of equipment excised during the year.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

The "Energy-Related Laboratory Equipment (ERLE) Guidelines" are available via the Internet at


Information Contacts

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.

Headquarters Office

Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. Telephone: (202) 586-7231.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

39.003, Donation Of Federal Surplus Personal Property


Examples of Funded Projects



Criteria for Selecting Proposals



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