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Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar (DISTANCE-Solar)

Funding: Up To $3M Total

Open Date: 02/20/2013

Close Date: 03/25/2013

Funding Organization: SunShot Initiative

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000857


The Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar program (DISTANCE-Solar) contributes to a successful U.S. solar industry with SunShot (and beyond SunShot) science and technology research advances paired with the development of a diverse and innovative workforce. The long term desired outcomes of this program are to increase innovation in solar, with a greater diversity of innovative ideas being driven by greater representation from members of currently underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), spur new job creation in the U.S., and integrate more solar into the U.S. energy supply. 

The near term goal of the program regarding workforce and underrepresented groups is to create a more diverse professional solar workforce, through students' direct research participation and the exposure of more students to solar-related content in courses. The near term goal of the program regarding solar technology research is to contribute scientifically to technologies that can help achieve (or exceed) the SunShot Program objective to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. At the intersection of the goals for diverse workforce and solar technology is the near term goal to build Minority Serving Institution (MSI) solar research capabilities. Individual or teams of primary investigators from MSIs can apply to this FOA with proposals that include 3 year projects describing an Education and Workforce Development Plan paired with a Solar Research Technical Plan. EERE anticipates providing, under DISTANCE-Solar, $1,500,000-$3,000,000 total DOE funding over three years subject to the availability of annual appropriations. The total number of projects expected to be awarded under this FOA will be 2-4 projects. Cost share is encouraged, but not required for this program.

Eligibility for award is restricted to accredited, domestic colleges and universities defined as Minority Servicing Institutions (Section 365(3) the Higher Education Act (HEA) (20 U.S.C. 1067k(3))). The list of accredited colleges and universities defined as Minority Serving Institutions can be found at: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst-list-tab.html.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

  • Overview Webinars for DISTANCE Solar program 2-3 p.m. ET, Feb. 27, 2013, and 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET, Mar. 5, 2013
  • Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 12:00pm ET, Mar. 18, 2013
  • Deadline for Questions: 12:00pm ET, Mar. 20, 2013
  • Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 12:00pm ET, Mar. 25, 2013

Last updated: 02/22/2013

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.