United States Department of Energy
in partnership with MSRDC
Science and Technology Research Partnership (STRP): MSRDC and U.S. DOE Promoting Pathways for Underrepresented Groups in Solar Energy Scientific and Technological Innovation
By - MSRDC Admin
Contact: [email protected]
Washington, D.C. – The Science and Technology Research Partnership (STRP) is a novel program where the MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) plan to collaborate to promote innovation in solar energy technology R&D for underrepresented groups. STRP will provide a unique avenue for SETO to increase the level of engagement of MSIs in federally funded research and increase the solar energy basic and applied research capabilities within the MSIs community. The partnership also plans to advance SETO’s mission goals of improving the efficiency and reducing the costs of the next generation of solar energy technologies to achieve carbon-free electricity.
MSRDC has developed relationships with high-performing researchers and collaborative partners to fulfill SETO’s mission critical goals via robust and comprehensive research projects that will be designed, developed, performed, and delivered at the university level within the MSIs network. Moreover, while the university teams will perform innovative research, MSRDC will implement training curriculum and workshops to advance the next generation of STEM researchers. The MSRDC research and professional development components integration approach will nurture the knowledge and expertise leading to research excellence and leadership that can apply to the federal RD&D landscape.
STRP teams will be selected annually to submit research proposals to MSRDC, one for each of the following research program areas: 1) photovoltaics, 2) concentrating solar power, 3) system integration, 4) soft costs, 5) manufacturing and competitiveness. The selection will proceed through a merit application process that includes a thorough review of eligibility and technical readiness by independent subject matter experts. The application, review, and selection process will consist of two stages. Stage 1 will be used to screen proposed concepts, and projects selected will continue to Stage 2 where full proposals will be submitted. After a performance period of 24 months, the STRP teams will present their research work at the STPR Annual Conference.
We are excited that the MRSDC-DOE Science and Technology Research Partnership will contribute to the nation’s goal of decarbonizing the electricity system by 2035 and achieve a 100% clean energy economy with net-zero emissions by 2050. The projects funded by this partnership program will help reduce costs for solar energy technologies, enable long-duration solar energy storage, and develop technology for carbon-free electricity in the United States.