Research development

Department of Energy Announces $1.5 Million for Research Development and Partnership Pilot Projects

News — WASHINGTON, DC. – Today the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to provide $1.5 million for new grants to colleges and universities that are underrepresented in DOE investments in climate, earth, and environmental sciences to help provide technical assistance to build capacity and achieve the goal of broadening institutional participation.

“With enormous challenges facing the country in solving the climate crisis and promoting equitable solutions and practices, we need to diversify and expand the talent pool in climate and earth science disciplines so that science has an even greater impact on society,” said Sharlene Weatherwax, DOE Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research. “These grants will foster a strong and diverse talent pool as we move into the future, where climate science will make major and impactful contributions in support of the DOE’s mission.”

One of the goals of this funding opportunity is to support the development of climate, earth and environmental science research and training capacity in underrepresented institutions. To accomplish this, the funding opportunity fosters engagement between underrepresented institutions and national laboratories and universities currently participating in DOE climate, earth, and environmental science research supported by the biological and environmental research program (BER). Funding will include support for underrepresented institutions to develop partnerships with DOE projects at national laboratories and universities, develop plans for future research capabilities, and leverage DOE user facilities. In addition, projects will support participation in outreach and training provided by DOE climate, earth, and environmental science programs and facilities. Institutions with a history of educating students from underrepresented populations in climate and environmental sciences, such as those served by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI ), are encouraged to apply.

The Department anticipates that $1.5 million will be available for this program in fiscal year 2022. The funding opportunity announcement, published by the DOE Office of Science, can be viewed here. An informational webinar will take place on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 3 p.m. EDT. Webinar registration details can be found here.

The BER supports basic research and capabilities to improve the understanding and predictability of climate, environmental and earth systems. Research areas include atmospheric science, ecosystem and watershed science, climate and earth system modeling, climate resilience, and data management. BER also supports the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) User Facility, the world’s first ground-based observing facility advancing atmospheric and climate research, and the Molecular Science Laboratory User Facility. of the Environment (EMSL), which provides world-class resources for exploring the atomic molecules and processes that control biological and ecosystem functions.

More information about the Office of Biological and Environmental Research can be found here and more information about BER’s Earth System and Environmental Sciences Division can be found here.