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DOE announces $40 million to provide research training opportunities for historically underrepresented groups

WASHINGTON DC- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $40 million to provide research opportunities to historically underrepresented groups in STEM and diversify U.S. leadership in the physical and climate sciences through internships. , training programs and mentoring opportunities. Recipients will include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and other research institutions. Harnessing America’s best and brightest scientific minds will be key to unlocking the climate solutions that will help achieve President Biden’s goal of a zero-carbon economy by 2050.

“Unlocking the full potential of American expertise to address our greatest challenges will require a diverse, equitable, and broad research community that includes the voices and bright minds of historically unrepresented groups,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “This investment will provide hands-on experience for our nation’s future scientists to unlock the climate solutions that hold the key to a safer, cleaner future for all Americans.”

The RENEW initiative leverages the unique national laboratories, user facilities and other Office of Science research infrastructure to provide training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty at academic institutions currently underrepresented in the US science and technology ecosystem. Beneficiaries also include students from communities with environmental justice impacts. This funding will help build a talent pool that will support the Department’s missions and focus on fundamental research in the physical sciences, including physics, chemistry, materials science, applied mathematics, computer science and the earth and the environment.

RENEW will provide hands-on experiences and open up new career opportunities for talented young scientists, engineers and technicians. A series of webinars will be held for potential applicants and research administrators to learn more about each funding opportunity announcement (FOA).

  • The Advanced Scientific Computing Research FOA (ASCR) expand the quantum computing and networking workforce by creating new research and classroom training opportunities for students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty from underrepresented groups and at historically underrepresented institutions such as non-R1 establishments and/or MSIs.
  • The FOA of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) increase the participation of underrepresented groups in BES’s basic clean energy research portfolio by supporting research opportunities that include national laboratory internships and research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and professors from non-R1 MSIs.
  • FOA Biological and Environmental Research (BER) will help institutions develop experiential training and mentorship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as institutional research capacity and networking opportunities for faculty through the development of collaborations with long-term efforts Scientific Interest Area (SFA) funded by BER in DOE National Laboratories.
  • FOA Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) encourage the participation of underrepresented groups in the FES fusion and plasma science and technology research portfolios by supporting long-lasting research collaborations and undergraduate, graduate and early career training opportunities between non-R1 institutions and/or MSIs and DOE national laboratories, SC-designated user facilities, and DOE-sponsored facilities.
  • The High Energy Physics (HEP) FOA support particle physics training and research experiences for members of underserved communities, with the goal of supporting researchers and building research infrastructure at institutions not traditionally part of the particle physics portfolio and encourage underrepresented populations to pursue careers in STEM.
  • R&D and production of isotopes (IP) FOA will engage students in a research and development training program that will introduce them to potential career paths, fostering the development of the next generation workforce in isotope-related sciences.

Eligibility of applications varies by FOA. The total planned combined funding is $40 million, including $22 million for fiscal year 2022 and funding for the additional year dependent on congressional appropriations.

Announcements of funding opportunities, sponsored by the respective programs within the Department’s Office of Science, as well as information about each associated webinar, can be found here.