MSRDC in Partnership with Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) - Congressional Workforce Development Solicitation

The DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce Development programs focus on expanding efforts to include students from underserved institutions in the technology development programs within the Department’s portfolio of manufacturing, solar, transportation and grid/energy storage. 

These programs should focus on leveraging existing partnerships with multiple Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), to develop innovative solutions to the department’s manufacturing, solar, transportation, and grid/energy storage challenges. 

This workforce development research opportunity is congressionally funded and stipulates that applicants partner directly with HBCU and MSI Universities and their students to expand the knowledge base in EERE research and development goals while providing professional development and mentoring to the partner universities.

Examples of partnerships should include:


  • Interdisciplinary research lab collaboration on EERE manufacturing, solar, transportation, and grid/energy storage goals.
  • Co-principal investigation on manufacturing, solar, transportation, and grid/energy storage projects between applicants and HBCU and MSIs.
  • Professional development curriculum delivered to partner universities focused on research and technology development projects around manufacturing, solar, transportation, and grid/energy storage projects.
  • Peer to peer mentoring of PIs and students on technology development on manufacturing, solar, transportation, and grid/energy storage projects. 


Awarded project(s) can anticipate the approximate funding for all award(s) totaling $5,000,000.  Through this opportunity, EERE aims to support the workforce development of promising, potentially high-impact researchers from minority-serving colleges and universities, especially new entrants or those who have not recently worked with EERE. Eligible researchers include a wide range of expertise, including not only technology experts and engineers, but also researchers with expertise in social sciences, environmental sciences, permitting processes, and other related areas.


The focus research areas for this opportunity are:

  1. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Manufacturing – Research areas accepted will focus on increasing domestic manufacturing competitiveness, supporting critical minerals & materials supply chains, and advancing clean energy manufacturing technologies. (
  1. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Solar Technologies - The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) accelerates the advancement and deployment of solar technology in support of an equitable transition to a decarbonized economy.  ( )
  1. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Transportation - Three EERE offices support R&D to increase access to domestic, clean transportation fuels and improve the energy efficiency, convenience, and affordability of transporting people and goods. 
    1. Bioenergy Technologies Office (
    2. Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Office (
    3. Vehicle Technologies Office (
  1. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Grid/Energy Storage - Research areas that focus on storing renewable energy and disseminating that energy to the current and/or developed grid will be accepted.


Proposals are encouraged that address multiple focus areas.

Stage 1 Concept Papers with Projected Budget to MSRDC - Concept Paper Template

Deadline: October 9th, 2023 by 11:59pm

Institution Eligibility

·       Hispanic-serving Institutions

·       Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

·       Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)

·       Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions

·       Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

Individual Eligibility

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply.


For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Applicants must have an active registration/account with the following:

· (DUNS and UEI)

·       EERE Exchange

·       FedConnect

Projected Award Date

December 2023

Projected Start Date

Spring 2024

Funding Instrument Information

Type: Cost-reimbursable Contract

Anticipated Funding Amount: $1 MM to $4.5 MM

Funding Period/Duration: 2-3 years

Anticipated number of awards: 2-4

Cost Share: N/A

Indirect Cost: Yes (capped at 8%)


Application Instructions and Forms


The application process involves two stages.


Stage 1 Concept papers are submitted to screen for full proposal invitations.  Concept paper template can be found (MSRDC linked page to template)

Stage 2 Requests for full proposals will be sent from MSRDC.


The application deadlines are,

Stage 1: October 9th, 2023 by 11:59pm

Stage 2: Requests for full proposal will be sent no later than November 1st,2023 deadlines will be specified in the request invitation.


The application site is now open for Stage 1 submissions @ Applications must be submitted by October 9th, 2023 at 11:59 pm (ET)

Submission Forms

Informational Webinar

Held: September 29th, 2023 10 AM ET

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