DOE Announces $1.5 Million for Research Development and Partnership Pilots

Published: 10 April 2022

Catalyzing partnerships between underrepresented colleges and universities and DOE climate, Earth, and environmental sciences research

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science logo in front of cloudsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced plans to provide $1.5 million for new grants to colleges and universities that are underrepresented in DOE’s climate, Earth, and environmental science investments. The Research Development and Partnership Pilot (RDPP) is designed to help provide technical assistance to build capacity and broaden institutional participation.

“With enormous challenges facing the country to solve the climate crisis and promote equitable solutions and practices, we must diversify and expand the talent pool in climate and Earth science disciplines in order for science to exert even greater impacts on society,” said Sharlene Weatherwax, DOE Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research. “These grants will promote a strong and diverse talent pool as we move into the future, where climate science will make major and impactful contributions in support of the DOE mission.”

A goal of this funding opportunity is to foster the development of climate, Earth, and environmental science research and training capacity at underrepresented institutions. To do this, the funding opportunity fosters engagement between underrepresented institutions and national laboratories and universities currently participating in DOE’s climate, Earth, and environmental sciences research supported by the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program. Funding will include support for underrepresented institutions to develop partnerships with DOE projects at national laboratories and universities, develop plans for capabilities for future research, and leverage the DOE user facilities. In addition, projects will support participation in outreach and training being planned by DOE’s climate, Earth, and environmental sciences programs and facilities.

Institutions with a history of training students from populations that are underrepresented in climate and environmental sciences, such as those served by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs), are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 20, 2022. 

This opportunity is for all facilities and programs within DOE’s Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division (EESSD), including the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility and Atmospheric System Research (ASR).

Learn more about this opportunity, and review the full funding opportunity announcement.

In addition, an informational webinar will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, March 22Register for the webinar.

Read the full DOE news release.

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ARM is a DOE Office of Science user facility operated by nine DOE national laboratories.