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February 23, 2011

DOE Offers $5 Million for Advanced Automotive Designers and Engineers

DOE announced on February 16 up to $5 million in funding to support Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Centers of Excellence. The GATE Centers of Excellence will focus on educating a future workforce of automotive engineering professionals who will gain experience in developing and commercializing advanced automotive technologies. The funding will help to achieve President Obama's goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, a plan designed to reduce oil consumption by about 750 million barrels by 2030.

The GATE Centers of Excellence will provide graduate level inter-disciplinary education in critical automotive technology areas including: advanced combustion engines, storage systems, hybrid propulsion and control systems, and lightweight materials. The goal of the GATE Centers for Excellence is to overcome technology barriers to the development and production of cost-effective, high-efficiency vehicles for the U.S. market. Award eligibility is restricted to U.S. colleges and universities and university-affiliated research institutions with accredited graduate engineering programs. Applications are due by April 18. See the FedConnect website listing under reference number DE-FOA-0000442. Also see the DOE press release, the GATE Centers website, and the Vehicle Technologies Program website.