NETL Webinar on Fossil Energy’s Minority Serving Institutions Program

Dear Colleague,

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.

On Tuesday, February 13, from 1:00 to 3:30 pm EST, NETL will host a Webinar on Fossil Energy’s Minority Serving Institutions Program and I would like to cordially invite you to participate.

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.

Only MSIs are eligible to participate in this program. MSIs include 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.

There is no fee for this webinar but you must be registered by February 12 to participate.

Registration and additional information for the webinar is available at

The webinar will include discussions on NETL – its mission and activities as the leading national laboratory for DOE’s Fossil Energy Program, its engagement with Minority Serving Institutions and presentations on doing business with the U.S. government, including dissecting a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and writing an effective proposal. In addition to practical suggestions on key proposal elements, participants will be provided with web links and contact information if additional questions arise.

We encourage you to forward this email to your colleagues who may be interested in participating in this event. This is the third year we are conducting this Webinar and the contents will be very similar to previous Webinars. We are repeating it because we found it increased the outreach to institutions who had very little or no knowledge of our program. This resulted in an improvement in the quality and quantity of the proposals we received for the FY17 Funding Opportunity Announcement.

For more information on NETL, visit our website.

I am looking forward to your attendance at the webinar. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at

Briggs M. White, Ph.D.
Technology Manager, Crosscutting Research
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

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