DOE Industrial Assessment Centers
DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Eligibility is restricted to: a U.S. college or school of engineering that is an integral part of its institutional structure and that has at least one of its four year undergraduate programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission or the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or equivalent (The IAC must be in the engineering department that holds the programmatic ABET or equivalent accreditation).
One of the keys to the competitiveness of American manufacturing is a technical workforce knowledgeable about manufacturing processes and the ability to optimize them to reduce costs and minimize waste. Researching and developing the next generation of competitive and efficient advanced manufacturing technologies requires a workforce of engineers with experience in relevant academic and manufacturing fields.
Topic Area 1: Manufacturing Technical Assistance and Energy Engineering Workforce Development
Topic Area 2: Commercial Building Efficiency Workforce Development Pilot Project [Optional Topic]
DOE is looking for new and innovative ways to accomplish its programmatic goals for manufacturers, and encourages applicants to propose creative approaches to delivering technical assistance, either during the assessment or as part of post-assessment activities, that coincide with emerging DOE priorities, which include:
• Decarbonization – carbon reduction goals are being widely adopted across the manufacturing sector. IACs can help recommend strategies to create andachieve these goals through actual reductions and not solely rely on the purchase of credits;
• Resiliency Planning – whether due to extreme weather, a global pandemic or other external forces, unexpected events disrupt normal production conditions and cause production losses. IACs can assess resilient system designs to minimize production loss during such disruptions; and
• Workforce development, including through programs that address training needs for underrepresented groups.