Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research (PIER) Plans

Beginning in FY 2023, all Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) and DOE National Lab Announcements and other funding solicitations will require applicants to submit a Promoting Inclusive and Equitable Research (PIER) Plan as an appendix to their proposal narrative. PIER Plans should describe the activities and strategies applicants will incorporate to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in their research projects. PIER Plans will be evaluated as part of the merit review process and will be used to inform funding decisions.

The Office of Science (SC) is deeply committed to supporting diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible work, research, and funding environments that value mutual respect and personal integrity, and SC is committed to promoting people of all backgrounds, including individuals from groups and communities historically underrepresented in STEM fields and SC activities in recognition of our responsibility to serve the public. Transforming our understanding of nature to advance scientific discovery and U.S. energy, economic, and national security can only be accomplished by harnessing a diverse range of views, expertise, and experiences to drive scientific and technological innovation. The inclusion of PIER Plans in funding applications makes this commitment to inclusive excellence explicit and a consistent expectation of all SC-funded research and research related activities.

Applications to the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs do not require PIER Plans at this time but will be phased in at a later date. Applications for supplemental funding on existing awards and applications requesting funding for conferences do not require PIER Plans.