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Racing Ahead in Automotive Education

February 18, 2011 - 4:52pm


Where will the next generation of automotive innovation come from? That’s a question that’s driving discussion throughout the auto industry at the moment, and many hope that the answer lies in the next generation of engineers. Unfortunately, while many young engineers are eager to put their talents to work developing breakthrough transportation technologies, not many U.S. universities have multidisciplinary instructional programs that focus on cutting-edge automotive technologies.

At the Department of Energy, we know that we need to out-educate the rest of the world in order to out-innovate them. That’s why we’re offering $5 million to establish and support Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Centers of Excellence. These awards will fund curriculum development and expansion, in addition to student fellowship opportunities for graduate engineering degrees in critical automotive technologies, ensuring that the next generation of engineers have all the tools and opportunities they need to make a real impact on the American auto industry.

If your school is interested in applying for funding through the GATE program, you can get a full description of the solicitation, eligibility requirements and application instructions through the FedConnect Website using Reference Number DE-FOA-0000442. Keep in mind that applications must be submitted through no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on April 18, 2011.