Office of Minority Education and Community Development

The 19th Annual National Sponsored Programs
Administrators Alliance
Overview of Support to HBCUs and Funding
Annie Whatley
Deputy Director
Office of Minority Education and Community Development
June 3, 2014
Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED)
Our Mission:
To advise the Secretary on the effect of energy policies, regulations, and
other actions of the Department and its components on minority
business enterprises, minority serving institutions, and minority
communities, ensuring that these groups are afforded an opportunity
to participate fully in Departmental activities and programs.
 To accomplish the mission of the Department of Energy, we need
the best and brightest individuals to work at and partner with the
 Tapping into the talents of students and faculty attending our
nation's Minority Serving Institutions is one way to increase the
diversity of the Department’s stakeholders and future workforce.
EDs Support to NSPAA
 The Office of Minority Economic Impact has been instrumental in
providing guidance for the organization’s establishment. Since 2008,
the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity has provided over
$105,000 to support NSPAA through a grant with Claflin University.
DOE Funding to MSIs (2010-2013)
From FY 2009 – 2012, the Department provided the following awards
to Minority Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges and Universities
$27.8 M
$15.8 M
$18.7 M
$19.5 M
$38.6 M
$18.7 M
$18.3 M
$15.8 M
$14.8 M
$53.2 M
$50.7 M
Total MSI
* In 1995, under the leadership of Secretary of Energy Hazel O’Leary, the Department provided $59.1M to support
Absence of sustained dedicated
funding to MSIs and Tribal
educational funding opportunities
Perceptions from DOE that MSIs
do not have the technical
capabilities and/or infrastructure
for competitive research
The complexity factor- navigating
Laboratories lack of experience
working with “non-traditional”
audiences (e.g. the absence of
diversity in the laboratory’s
routine stakeholders)
• Lack of commitment from DC
educational leadership to engage
diverse middle and high school students
in the Washington, DC Regional Science
Bowl competitions.
• Dwindling support from program
offices of the MEISPP
• Department-wide lack of funding
support to MSIs, particularly Tribal
Colleges and Universities
• Lack of diversity in the Department’s
MSIs portfolio
Minority Serving Institutions
The Department of
Energy and its
provide funding
opportunities and
assistance to
Minority Serving
For more:
Examples of Current and Future DOE Partnerships with HBCUs
 Clark Atlanta University ( CAU) Atlanta University Consortium (AUC): Collaboration
with Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College to support
capacity building in the areas of alternative, renewable and green energy technologies.
In FY 2011, ED provided additional funds to Clark Atlanta University to broaden the
scope of the project to include Guam Community College, Santa Fe Community College,
and Haskell Indian Nations University ($750K).
DOE funded the construction of the Thomas W. Cole Research and Science Building to
facilitate collaborative research among HBCUs, particularly those in the AUC ($9.3M).
 Environmental Management Program MOU between DOE and nine HBCUs:
Provide grants to HBCUs, encouraging integration of technology into research and
education related to environmental management and promote STEM pipeline ($9M).
Participating Universities include: Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University,
Clinton Junior College, Denmark Technical College, Morris College, Paine College, South
Carolina State University and Voorhees College.
Examples of Current and Future DOE Partnerships with HBCUs (cont’d)
National Nuclear Security Administration MSI Technical Consortium Model: In
October 2012, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) awarded grants
to 22 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in key STEM areas. This
funding launched NNSA’s new Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program, a
consortium program organized to build a sustainable STEM pipeline between six
Energy Department plants and laboratories and the HBCUs ($4M).
The 8 teams are formed based on their individual research capabilities:
Malware Intelligence Harvesting for Greater Cyber Defense: Voorhees College, Allen
University, Clark Atlanta University, North Carolina A&T State University, and
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing: Applied Research and Workforce
Development for High Power Density Electronic Device Technology: Howard
University, Southern University of New Orleans, Alabama A&M University, University
of the District of Columbia, and Kansas City Plant.
Examples of Current and Future DOE Partnerships with HBCUs (cont’d)
Investigating and Characterizing Catalytic Activity in Novel Materials and Processes
using Experimental and Computational Techniques: Prairie View A&M University,
Allen University, Morehouse, Southern A&M University, Tennessee State University,
and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Support Advanced Manufacturing and Pipeline of Skilled Workforce: Hampton
University, North Carolina A&T State University, Clark Atlanta University, Y-12, and
Kansas City Plant.
Addressing the Shortage of Quality Cybersecurity Workers in the U.S.: Norfolk State
University, Voorhees College, Bowie State University, North Carolina A&T State
University, University of the Virgin Islands, and Sandia National Laboratory.
Experimental and Computational Studies of Matter under Extreme Environments:
Tuskegee University, Benedict College, Florida A&M University, and Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory.
Examples of Current and Future DOE Partnerships with HBCUs (cont’d)
Detection and Analysis of Chemical and Radionuclides: Alabama A&M University,
Fisk University, Alcorn State University, Morehouse College, Prairie View A&M
University, Southern University of Baton Rouge, Southern University of New Orleans,
Y-12, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Advanced Chemometrics and in-situ analysis using Laser Ablation Multi-Collector
Inductively Coupled Mass Spectroscopy and/or Laser Induced Breakdown
Spectroscopy: Florida A&M University, Alabama State University, Delaware State
University, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Examples of Current and Future DOE Partnerships with HBCUs
 Dr. Samuel P. Massie Chairs of Excellence Former DOE Secretary Hazel O'Leary
increased the support of HBCUs, by establishing the Dr. Samuel P. Massie Chairs of
Excellence in Environmental Engineering in the Office of Environmental Management
(EM). The idea for the Chairs of Excellence was conceived at the campus of Tennessee
State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee in the fall of 1993. In 1994, the Samuel P.
Massie Chairs of Excellence was awarded to nine HBCUs. In late 1995, a Hispanic
Serving Institution (HSI), Universidad Del Turabo, in Puerto Rico, was added. Currently
there are 16 chairs: Alabama A&M University, Fisk University, Florida A&M University,
Hampton University, Howard University, Jackson State University, Morgan State
University, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, South
Carolina State University, Southern University, Spelman College, Tennessee State
University, Tuskegee University, and the Universidad Del Turabo. Since inception, the
program has awarded over $90M to the Massie Chairs Program. The program is currently
administered by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).
Examples of Current and Future DOE Partnerships with MSIs
National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) under DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, the
program gives minority students valuable hands-on experience in developing technologies
to promote the efficient and environmentally safe use of fossil fuels. The following
universities were selected:
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama
Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
University of Texas, El Paso, El Paso, Texas-
Examples of Current and Future DOE Partnerships with HBCUs (cont’d)
 Solar Decathlon Hampton University participated in the 2011 Solar Decathlon with Old
Dominion University. In March 2013, ED staff attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony for
Team Tidewater Virginia’s Canopy House, an official entry in the U.S. Department of
Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2013. The Solar Decathlon is a biennial international
competition that challenges university students to design and build solar powered
houses. Hampton University and Old Dominion University, working together as Team
Tidewater, representing one of twenty teams selected out of a highly competitive pool of
international entrants to compete in October 2013 in Irvine, California. The teams were
comprised of students from the architecture and engineering departments and the
communication departments of Hampton and Old Dominion University.
 Office of Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) funds nuclear energy research
and equipment upgrades at U.S. colleges and universities, and provides scholarships and
fellowships to students ($1M).
Participating HBCUs include: Wilberforce University, Alcorn State, Prairie View, and Fisk
University, South Carolina State University, and Voorhees College.
The Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership
Program (MEISPP)
 Offers talented students (HS- graduate school) summer internship positions
with the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories.
 Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business, and
government relations.
 Post secondary internships include paid lodging, round trip airfare, and
biweekly stipends.
 Students receive an intensive 10-week assignment to "jump-start" their
careers and develop their potential for future opportunities within the
federal government.
 Students work side-by-side with leading scientists, engineers, and other top
professionals to develop professional skills and enhance leadership
 Program Offices provide funding to ED to support MEISPP interns
 In the last 4 years, over 250 internship opportunities were provided
to students through the MEISPP.
 Students come from colleges and universities across the country,
including Minority Serving Institutions. The 2014 MEISPP class
boasts an impressive group of over 81 students representing 57 fine
academic institutions across the country.
 2014 Participating offices include: EERE, EM, NE, MA, and WAPA
Future Programs and Initiatives
 American Petroleum Institute and MSI Partnership Initiative was developed
to address future employment opportunities for African Americans and
Latinos in the oil and gas and energy industry
 Minorities in Energy Initiative is designed to address climate change, STEM
education, and energy economic development with ED stakeholders,
Congressional staff, and Federal agencies
 Convene Community Outreach Forums that focus on protocols, challenges
and needs pertaining to sustainable and resilient communities and
environmental equity, engaging MSIs, community organizations and
minority businesses
Funding Opportunities Available Via
Opportunity Title
Open Date
Close Date
Golden Field Office
Research, Development and
Training in Isotope Production
Office of Science
Notice of Intent to Issue Funding
Opportunity Announcement titled
'MHK R&D University Consortium'
Nuclear Energy University
Programs - Fellowship and
Golden Field Office
Idaho Field Office
Questions or Comments?
Office of Economic Impact and Diversity