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The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity’s (ED) mission is to identify and implement ways of ensuring that everyone is afforded an opportunity to participate fully in the Department of Energy (DOE) programs.  Our programs, collaborations and established relationships are designed to increase interest and access to energy sector opportunities.

ED is collaborating with various DOE National Laboratories to provide webinars titled, “Interest and Access:  National Laboratories Series.”  The webinars provide an overview of current and future opportunities that exist throughout the DOE complex for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) in the energy economy.  These sessions are helping to create and develop a network of relationships that will increase interest in STEM opportunities and access to the resources that can help them fully participate in the programs of the Department.

On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, DOE’s Office and Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) hosted a webinar for the fall session titled, "Interest and Access, National Laboratories Series" with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), located in Morgantown, WV, as well as DOE's Office of Fossil Energy. 

Attendees received first-hand information from Maria Reidpath, Federal Project Manager, Enabling Technologies and Partnerships Team, NETL, and Bob Smith, Researcher and Program Manager, DOE, Office of Fossil Energy.  Maria shared information about the work the lab is doing and how MSIs and MBEs can participate in their critical programs.  For example, NETL awarded 17 new University training and research projects in Fiscal Year 2019 and 2020 with a value of approximately $6.1B.  In fact, during Fiscal Year 2010, NETL awarded 104 grants in Workforce and Talent Development totaling $33.8M. 

Maria and Bob also covered the Department’s SBIR/STTR programs including the difference between SBIR/STTR and the different phases of the programs.  Phase 0 will benefit MSIs and MBEs. In Phase 0, DOE offers application support to help under-represented small businesses navigate the application process. After an initial intake assessment, one or more proposal preparation services are offered free of charge to those firms seeking to submit a DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I application.

For additional information about upcoming sessions, please contact us at Minority Educational Institutions Division.