Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it does grow from developing your school and business to the point that you’re ready to compete for a Department of Energy funding opportunity. Our office’s mission is to make sure that the energy programs here, including our competitive funding opportunities, are accessible to minorities and historically disadvantaged communities.
That’s why we’re hosting technical assistance workshops at events across the country, engaging students, faculty, and staff at Minority Serving Institutions on proposal drafting, preparing for application openings, and partnering formally with the Department of Energy.
Earlier this month, I traveled to San Antonio, Texas, to lead one of these workshops at the American Society for Engineering Education’s 2012 Annual Conference. The society, commonly known by its acronym – ASEE – invited deans, faculty and researchers, students and retirees to their annual conference. As one of over 400 technical sessions, our workshop shed some light on an often complicated process, and introduced those new to working with the Department of Energy to our mission and the role of our program offices.
You don’t have to be among the fifty university and college representatives who attended this workshop to get prepared for funding opportunities. We want everyone to have access to this information, and to be ready to be part of the Department’s next funding opportunity announcement for innovative research or technologies.
Looking forward to working with you.