The US Government has announced funding worth $100 million (£58.9m) for innovative research in areas including energy production, storage and carbon capture.
It is the second round of funding for Energy Frontier Research Centres (EFRCs) in a bid to boost the “scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st century energy economy”.
Awards range from $2 million (£1.2m) to $4 million (£2.4m) for the 32 projects that were chosen from more than 200 proposals.
Ten of the projects are new while the rest received renewed funding based both on their achievements to date and the quality of their proposals for future research.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said: “We are mobilising some of our most talented scientists to join forces and pursue the discoveries and breakthroughs that will lay the foundation for our nation’s energy future. The funding we’re announcing today will help fuel scientific and technological innovation.”