Carbon Management Collegiate Competition

Office: Carbon Management
Learn more: Carbon Management Collegiate Competition
Overall Prize Amount: $25,000

Background Information

The U.S. Department of Energy's Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Office is launching the Carbon Management Collegiate Competition for the 2023 Spring Semester. Collegiate students will be tasked with proposing a regional carbon transport network, defining its business model, and optimizing the transport network across several parameters and with consideration to regional stakeholders, challenges, and cost variability.

Interdisciplinary teams are required to present a real-world example of work in multi-functional teams. Teams must be comprised of 3 or more undergraduate or graduate students and represent more than one major with preference towards majors or specializations in business, supply chain, geosciences, engineering, GIS, land management, law, computer science, and/or public policy. It is highly encouraged to have representation across two or more disciplines. Faculty participation is welcomed and optional, but the faculty participant does not take the place of a student in the 3-student requirement.

This competition seeks a diverse range of participants with consideration to disadvantaged communities and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to advance carbon management technologies and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emission goals in a just and sustainable way.


Eligible applicants include undergraduate and graduate students.

Competition Topics

  1. Economics and Business Model
    How will you transport at least 1 million metric tons of CO2 per year, within the United States
  2. Operational Safety Considerations
    How will your transport network be safe and reliable?
  3. Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
    How will your proposal consider potential life cycle environmental impacts?
  4. Climate Change Projected Impacts
    What projected climate change impacts are most relevant to your transportation network?
  5. Environmental Justice, Social Impacts, and Engagement
    What is known about potential environmental and health impacts of your transportation network?


1st Place – $12,000

2nd Place – $8,000

3rd Place – $5,000


An informational webinar was hosted on November 29, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. ET to provide an overview of who can apply, what to submit, and how entries will be judged.

Watch the recording here

Key Dates

Informational Webinar: 11/29/2022 at 11:00 AM ET
Competition Opens: 1/2/2023
Midway Check-In Submission: 2/28/2023 at 5:00 PM ET
Anticipated Submission Deadline: 4/14/2023 at 11:00 AM ET
Submission Judging: 4/17/2023 – 5/5/202
Expected Date for Selection Notifications: June 2023

Additional Information