Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative: Joint Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement Information Session II
April 06, 2010
On Wednesday, April 14, 2010, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT, the Department of Energy and its partner agencies will hold a second information session for potential applicants and other interested parties to learn more about the Joint Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) issued on February 8, 2010, titled the Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative. (See the Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative Web site.)
A single proposal submitted by a consortium of applicants will be funded at a total of up to $129.7 million over five years, to foster a regional innovation cluster focused on innovation in energy efficient building technologies and systems design. The DOE-funded Energy Efficient Building Systems Design Hub will serve as a centerpiece of the regional innovation cluster (the "Energy Regional Innovation Cluster" or "E-RIC") and will work to disseminate new technologies into the marketplace and share best practices with the public and private sectors.
By linking researchers in the Hub with local businesses and supporting specialized workforce education and training in the area, the Consortium will foster an economically dynamic regional innovation cluster focused on energy efficient buildings technologies and systems design. The Hub, one of three Energy Innovation Hubs to be created by the DOE in Fiscal Year 2010, will bring together a multidisciplinary team of researchers ideally working under one roof to conduct high-risk, high-reward research that overcomes technology challenges through approaches that span basic research to engineering development to commercialization readiness.
The Hub will work with key partners funded by the Departments of Commerce, Labor, and Education, the Small Business Administration and the National Science Foundation to foster the E-RIC and leverage the collective resources and expertise of the federal agencies involved.
During this public Webinar, representatives from these agencies will discuss the most frequently asked questions related to the joint FOA and answer any additional questions.
Advance registration is required to participate in the Webinar. Participants should register before April 14th and begin accessing the site between 1:00 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. on April 14th. Register for the Webinar on the WorkforceOne Web site and follow the instructions. Participants will receive an e-mail that confirms their registration, and instructions for dialing into the conference call and logging into the presentation.
If multiple participants from the same location are joining the live event, we encourage you to participate in the Webinar at one location. Information on the Webinar will also be posted on the E-RIC Web site. The questions and answers discussed during the Webinar will also be posted on the E-RIC Web site.
For further information, contact Ron Lewis.