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RWFI E-Note Monthly January 2022 Highlights National Institute of Food and Agriculture Increasing STEM Participation of Women and Minorities in Rural Areas

The January 2022 edition of the RWFI E-Note Monthly, the newsletter of NETL’s Regional Workforce Initiative (RWFI), will include invitations for an upcoming webinar on the job-creating potential of hydrogen power.

During the Energy 101 Webinar on Hydrogen and the Low-Carbon Economy, attendees will learn about the research being conducted by NETL in hydrogen technologies and how successes in research may lead to economic and workforce opportunities. The Biden Administration strives to create a clean energy sector, which can be achieved through a combination of hydrogen production from the country’s energy resources while simultaneously capturing and storing carbon dioxide. This approach holds great potential for workforce development.

Attendance to the Energy 101 series is free, but spaces are limited. Interested parties are asked to register in advance for the event.

The newsletter will also detail efforts by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Participation of women and minorities in rural areas across the country.

NIFA has launched the Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS) with funding opportunities available for parties interested in collaboration. This program will support research, education/teaching and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. 

NIFA intends for this program to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences. Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the food and agricultural sciences. WAMS-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged.

The deadline to apply for WAMS funding opportunities is March 31, 2022.

The January newsletter will also include details for several funding opportunities and their application deadlines for a variety of programs and agencies, such as the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to bolster STEM related workforce development, research activities and community resilience.

Learn more about these and other exciting programs in the January edition of the RWFI E-Note Monthly.
Previous editions of RWFI E-Note Monthly can be found in the newsletter’s online archive. Click here for more information about the NETL Regional Workforce Initiative.

NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that drives innovation and delivers technological solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future. By leveraging its world-class talent and research facilities, NETL is ensuring affordable, abundant and reliable energy that drives a robust economy and national security, while developing technologies to manage carbon across the full life cycle, enabling environmental sustainability for all Americans.