OSP FO# 11-145

AGENCY: Department of Energy (DOE)/Golden Field Office (GFO)

PROGRAM: Industrial Assessment Centers

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for the selection of 20 to 30 universities as “Industrial Assessment Centers” (IACs) based on a competitive selection process. The Federal Government has been funding the IAC program—formerly called the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center program—since 1976. The IAC program is a major workforce development initiative aimed at creating the next generation energy engineers possessing a unique mixture of engineering and energy management expertise, combined with hands-on experience obtained by working directly with small and medium sized industrial and manufacturing facilities across the country. Each IAC will provide extensive training for undergraduate and graduate engineering students in industrial processes, energy assessment procedures, and energy management principles. Led by IAC-related faculty and staff, these IAC students will perform energy assessments for small- and medium-sized manufacturers in their geographic region, which will result in energy savings, waste reduction, and sustainability and productivity improvements for the manufacturers and real-world experience for the students.

This program encourages applicant centers to explore innovative methods to maximize student training and experience, increase their technical knowledge, energy savvy, business sense, as well as their understanding of industrial supply chains, sustainability issues, and management systems. DOE expects that the focal point of each IAC is the comprehensive training and assessment experience received by the IAC student. This includes:

  • hands-on assessment experience;
  • specialized energy management, energy efficiency, and energy systems coursework;
  • training in industrial energy systems and energy management principles including, but not limited to, Industrial Technology Program Energy System Tools End-User and Qualified Specialist training;
  • third-party accredited training and certification opportunities for IAC students such as ISO 5001 auditor trainings for measurement verification;
  • attending professional meetings;
  • technical report writing;
  • business case development, and
  • academic coursework.

The performance goals and expectations for this program are focused on the following:

a)  providing a high-quality educational experience that has value in the marketplace for approximately 10 to 15 engineering students per center annually;

b)  awarding a DOE certificate of participation to a minimum of four students per year per IAC;

c)  completing approximately 20 assessments per year per IAC.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Eligibility is restricted to a college or school of engineering located in the United States which has at least one of its four-year undergraduate programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) or the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Letter of Intent: July 19, 2011
Application Deadline: August 2, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The Department expects to provide approximately $2 million to fund 20-30 awards. The Department expects to fund Centers at $200,000 and $300,000 per year for up to 5 years.

Cost sharing is encouraged, but not required for funding levels of $200,000 per year. Federal funding in excess of $200,000 per year will require 33% non-federal cost share up to a maximum of $100,000 of federal funds. The 33% non-federal cost share only applies to the portion of federal funds that are in excess of $200,000 per year. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department well ahead of the application deadline if you intend to request funding at a level higher than $200,000 per year.

AGENCY CONTACT: Questions regarding the content of the announcement must be submitted through the FedConnect system. You must register with FedConnect to respond as an interested party to submit questions, and to review responses to questions. More information is available at https://www.fedconnect.net/Fedconnect/PublicPages/FedConnect_Ready_Set_Go.pdf.

Golden Field Office
U.S. Department of Energy
Golden Field Office
1617 Cole Blvd
Golden, CO 80401-3393
Web: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/PublicPages/PublicSearch/Public_Opportunities.aspx

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov web site (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (DE-FOA-0000490, CFDA# 81.117) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.