What Is the Critical Materials Collaborative?

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The Critical Materials Collaborative (CMC) is a new mode of connection created by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to improve and increase communication and coordination among DOE, government agencies, and stakeholders working on critical materials projects. 

The CMC was launched in summer 2023 and born out of the need for a critical materials convening arm. The CMC serves to align, grow, and coordinate funding for the innovation ecosystem for critical materials research in the United States, with the goal of accelerating commercialization, deployment, and the development of secure domestic critical material supply chains. 

 

Mission

To accelerate DOE’s critical materials applied research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) and achieve domestic clean energy manufacturing, climate, and national security goals by:

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Building a robust innovation ecosystem.

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Training the critical materials leaders and workforce across multiple sectors.

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Enabling industry adoption of novel, cutting-edge technology.

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Laying the scientific and techno-logical ground-work needed to address emerging challenges.

Team

Currently, the CMC is made up of several sponsoring program offices and technology offices across the DOE but will expand to include offices across the Federal government and RD&D performers funded through the CMC. 

The CMC also partners with the Critical Materials Innovation Hub, which plays a central role in the CMC as an innovation engine—a convener for shared ideas, best practices, and early-stage science and technology solutions.

The CMC co-chairs are:

  • The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • The Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management.

Sponsoring offices are (in alphabetical order) the:

  • Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
  • Office of Electricity
  • Office of International Affairs
  • Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains
  • Office of Nuclear Energy
  • Office of Policy
  • Office of Science
  • Office of Technology Transitions
  • Within the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management:
    • Office of Carbon Management 
    • Office of Resource Sustainability
  • Within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy:
    • Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office
    • Geothermal Technologies Office
    • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office
    • Solar Energy Technologies Office
    • Vehicle Technologies Office
    • Wind Energy Technologies Office.

The DOE sponsoring offices connect with other federal agencies, RD&D performers that join through CMC funding opportunities, and the Critical Materials Innovation Hub.

Get Involved

Others outside of the U.S. government can become members of the CMC by being funded through a CMC opportunity. This is how the CMC will grow. 

The CMC is already starting to coordinate RD&D programs and funding opportunities across DOE to form the basis of the membership, convening investments across the entire innovation ecosystem. 

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Contact us with any questions at cmc@hq.doe.gov.