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2019 HBCU/OMI Fossil Energy Webinar

2019 HBCU/OMI Fossil Energy Webinar: NETL Webinar on FE's Minority Serving Institutions Program

November 13, 2019

Webinar Summary
Since 1984, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has included among its central activities the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions Program (HBCU/OMI) – with DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) being responsible for implementing it.

The objective of the webinar is to inform all Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) on the opportunities available in Fossil Energy research at NETL. These opportunities currently take the form of grants that are intended to maintain and upgrade educational, training, and research capabilities of MSIs in the fields of science and technology related to fossil energy resources. Relevant academic fields include, but are not limited to, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and most Engineering disciplines. 

MSIs include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving higher education institutions, Native American tribal colleges, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or any institution of higher education where minority student enrollment is at least 50 percent.

The webinar offers an opportunity to become familiar with NETL, its mission as the leading national laboratory for DOE’s Fossil Energy Program, and to gain an in-depth understanding of how to plan, organize, and submit proposals responsive to a set criteria.

In addition to providing information on FE and NETL’s principal lines of research, the webinar focuses on training participants how to prepare a responsive proposal. This training covers the basics of how to link experience and competencies to the topics (also known as Areas of Interest or AOIs), how to critically read a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to maximize an institution’s available array of knowledge, expertise and resources, to how to formulate the actual proposed research to be conducted, and how to maneuver the administrative requirements of doing business with the government.