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Training Programs and Capacity Building to Advance Earth Sciences

Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) - Earth and Environmental Sciences

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) - Office of Science (SC) - Biological and Environmental Research (BER)

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08/24/22 11:59 PM Eastern


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and for-profits for training, research, and capacity building activities related to climate and environmental sciences. A pre-application must be submitted prior to applying. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support experiential training and mentoring for students, and capacity building activities for institutions, particularly at BIPOC and underrepresented colleges and universities, in partnership with specified national laboratory scientific focus areas.

Reaching a New Energy Sciences Workforce (RENEW) aims to build foundations for Office of Science (SC) research and training at institutions historically underrepresented in the SC research portfolio. RENEW leverages SC’s unique national laboratories, user facilities, and other research infrastructures to provide undergraduate and graduate training opportunities for students and academic institutions not currently well represented in the U.S. science and technology (S&T) ecosystem. The hands-on experiences gained through the RENEW initiative will open new career avenues for the participants, forming a nucleus for a future pool of talented young scientists, engineers, and technicians with the critical skills and expertise needed for the full breadth of SC research activities.

The DOE SC program in BER hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for RENEW grants that will target building capacity in climate and environmental science-relevant programs, particularly at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and minority- serving institutions (MSIs). 

Funding may be requested to support experiential training, mentoring, and institutional capacity building activities in partnership with DOE national laboratory Scientific Focus Areas (SFAs) supported within BER’s Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division (EESSD)

To help provide technical assistance to build capacity and achieve the goal of broadening institutional participation, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will provide training and research funding for institutions to:

  1. Develop new partnerships with the BER-supported EESSD SFAs at the DOE national laboratories, to enable sustained undergraduate and graduate student participation in EESSDrelevant research; 
  2. Facilitate undergraduate and graduate student participation in EESSD research programmatic and user facility outreach and training activities; and 
  3. Foster the development of climate and environmental science training capacity and research at underrepresented institutions. 

The mission of BER is to support transformative science and scientific user facilities to achieve a predictive understanding of complex biological, Earth, and environmental systems for energy and infrastructure security, independence, and prosperity. 

Within BER, EESSD supports fundamental science research projects and capabilities that enable improved understanding and predictability of the climate, environmental, and Earth system. To address the EESSD mission, the Division is organized into three research activities. For details about these activities, and for program expectations,  see

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GrantWatch ID#: 204196

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Ceiling: $800,000 total
- Floor: $300,000 total

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Applications should be submitted with a total performance period of four years with an anticipated start date of December 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All types of domestic applicants are eligible to apply, except nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995. "Domestic organization" means a public (including a State or other governmental agency) or private non-profit or for-profit organization that is located in the United States or its territories, is subject to U.S. laws, and assumes legal and financial accountability for awarded funds and for the performance of the grant-supported activities.

While all domestic institutions are eligible to apply (see Section III. Eligibility), BER will prioritize applications from lead institutions that have a history of training and mentoring students from populations that are under-represented in climate and environmental sciences, such as those served by HBCUs and MSIs. Primarily undergraduate-serving institutions, as well as
those offering graduate degrees, are encouraged to apply.

Regarding eligibility for federally affiliated entities, see

This FOA seeks to support basic research to advance understanding rather than to address commercial opportunities. Applications that propose research related to current commercial activity or current customer needs may be declined without merit review.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- FOA Issue Date: May 25, 2022
- Submission Deadline for Pre-Applications: June 29, 2022 at 05:00 PM Eastern (A Pre-Application is required.)
- Pre-Application Response Date: July 12, 2022 at 06:00 PM Eastern
- Submission Deadline for Applications: August 24, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern

The pre-application must be submitted electronically through the DOE SC Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) website You are encouraged to register for an account in PAMS at least a week in advance of the LOI submission deadline so that there will be no delays with your submission.

Applications must be submitted through Organizations must have an active System for Award Management (SAM) registration which provides a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and account to apply for grants. Creating a account can be completed online in minutes, but SAM registration may take several weeks. Applicants not currently registered with SAM and should allow at least four weeks to complete these requirements.

Applicant institutions are limited to no more than two applications.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For general inquiries, please contact the Technical/Scientific Program Contacts:
- Dr. Brian Benscoter
- Dr. Shaima L. Nasiri

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Washington, DC 20585
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