Cincinnati – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded seven competitive financial assistance grant awards to the minority serving institutions (MSI) shown below, as a result of its Office of Environmental Management (EM) Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0002820

The awards will focus on enhancing MSI programs to help foster a sustainable and diverse EM science, technology, engineering, and mathematics workforce pipeline. The awards will also aid in promoting the development of a nationally engaged scientific and engineering workforce that will lead to future career pathways in the EM complex for underrepresented groups.

Recipients of EM MSIPP Grants

State of California:

University of California, Merced, in partnership with California State University, Fresno, received a grant award to promote experimental learning and recruitment of environmental science and engineering students into EM. The total estimated value for this grant is $2,884,331.

University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with Florida International University received a grant award to provide for a center of excellence for research and training in radioactive waste management. The total estimated value for this grant is $3,599,445. 

The total amount of the grant award to the State of California is $6,483,776.

State of Florida:

Florida A&M University in partnerships with Kentucky State University and Clark Atlanta University received a grant award to develop a geospatial-artificial intelligence enhanced curriculum for MSIs. The total estimated for this grant is $4,793,345. 

State of New Jersey:

Rutgers University, Newark, in partnership with California State University, Long Beach, received a grant award for geophysics for environmental management students in addressing soil and groundwater remediation. The total estimated for this grant is $3,004,946.

State of Nevada:

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in partnership with California State University, Fresno, received a grant award for education and workforce development for soil and groundwater remediation. The total estimated for this grant is $2,131,593.

State of New Mexico:

New Mexico State University in partnership with the University of Texas, El Paso, received a grant award for new materials and processes for radioactive tank waste processing and workforce development. The total estimated for this grant is $4,827,097. 

State of Texas:

Texas State University in partnership with Prairie View A&M University received a grant award for multidisciplinary research and workforce development on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The total estimated for this grant is $3,521,137. 

The total estimated value of all the grant awards is $24,761,831 and a period of performance of three years from April 1, 2024, through March 31, 2027, for all grants.

For more than 30 years, EM has remained focused on addressing the environmental legacy of nuclear weapons development and nuclear energy research that helped end World War II, win the Cold War, and position the United States as a leader in clean nuclear energy. Collectively, EM is delivering results that are protecting the environment, supporting communities, and enabling a concerted focus on safely completing the mission sooner and more efficiently.

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