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WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON ADVANCING EDUCATIONAL EQUITY, EXCELLENCE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY THROUGH  HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES 

Announcements

Registration is now open for the conference!!! The 2022 National HBCU Week Conference registration link is https://cvent.me/M2b3Aw.

 Upcoming Virtual Events!

U.S. Department of Energy

We invite you to join Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm and Director Shalanda Baker of the US Department of Energy for a live webinar to discuss the Justice40 Initiative. This Justice40 Webinar will feature representatives from offices across the department highlighting how their programs, including those funded by the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, are already working toward Justice40. This free, public webinar will take place on August 17 @ 2 pm EST. Please register here: https://bit.ly/Justice40. In the meantime, check out what our Justice40 Programs have accomplished by looking at our Program Highlights Sheet! Highlights include:

The document highlights numerous efforts already made by DOE to direct resources to and build capacity in low-income communities and communities of color. While this is all great progress, we know this is not enough and we are not stopping here. We want to reiterate that DOE is laser-focused on ensuring that every project that receives funding through a DOE Justice40 Covered Program adheres to the principles of environmental justice. Our Environmental Justice Explainer discusses in more detail and reinforces that commitment. You can learn more about the Justice40 Initiative at DOE, find the attached resources and more on our Justice40 Initiative website. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at energyjustice@hq.doe.gov.

AmeriCorps

Learn the Value of AmeriCorps Service. Interested in addressing local challenges in communities across the country while developing job skills and earning money for school? Join us for a virtual information session to find out if a year or summer as an AmeriCorps member serving with the VISTA program could be right for you. We’ll share service opportunities, benefits, requirements, and more. AmeriCorps VISTA: Get the Basics Wednesday, August 17, 2-3 p.m. ET Register

U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau

Black Women in the Workplace: Breaking the Glass Door This webinar will explore systemic barriers that impede Black women’s success in the workplace. Panelists will share strategies employers can use to improve workplace culture.

Peace Corps

Learn about Peace Corps Response: What is Peace Corps Response? Peace Corps Response sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world. Peace Corps Response Volunteers are expected to possess the technical skills needed to fulfill their assigned role with minimal training.

  • Required qualifications typically include at least a 4-year undergraduate degree and 2-5 years of professional experience.
  • Several positions require advanced degrees or certifications, more than 5 years of relevant professional experience, and prior experience in mid- or senior-level positions.
  • Prior overseas experience is not required, however, cultural competency is expected.

Highlighted Peace Corps Response Positions:

Upcoming Virtual Events for August: Serving as a Couple- August 25, 2022 Meet the Moment: Interested in working for Peace Corps? Check out our opportunities HERE.

Student Opportunities

 Karl Miller Realty, LLC

  • Company Location: 7700 Timberlake Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502, United States
  • Company website:www.karlmillerrealty.com
  • Company Email:Rhondamccall@realtyagent.com
  • Contact info: 423-352‑7844
  • Job Type:. Part-Time/ Internship
  • Job Title:. Office Assistant/Clerk

Job description: We need a highly motivated and organized individual to help facilitate the everyday duties of a real estate, as a part-time Office Assistant. The hours are 15 to 20hrs weekly and the compensation is $18/20 per hour. Duties include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Communication. You can listen and say information clearly when you speak or write
  • Handling incoming phone calls.
  • Updating paperwork and other documents.
  • Strong sales, negotiation, and communication skills.
  • Performing other general office clerk duties and errands.

Job functions: You will be working Remotely, and independently most days, with the ability to initiate the follow-through for task completion. Highly Organized and Detail Oriented- The ability to organize your workflow and prioritize according. Ability to work independently combined with excellent interpersonal skills. Interested candidates should forward their resume and cover letter to: (Rhondamccall@realtyagent.com)

Giant Eagle

Here are our current roles for you to share with your constituents. Thanks so much for your partnership! Take care, Kim Kim McNelis Senior Specialty Recruiter Giant Eagle 412-963-5279 Kimberly.mcnelis@gianteagle.com.  Giant Eagle Jobs – Information Technology Showing the top 20 jobs – View All Jobs

HBCU National Center

The HBCU National Center is a public private partnership with the goal of increasing the number of diverse students from HBCUs with career trajectories in public policy, journalism, health care, technology and other sectors through internships, mentorship, and networking in Washington, D.C. The Foundation provides grants for two purposes: internship support for HBCU career centers and free housing for interns. These grants address the structural inequity of housing in Washington and clear a path from education to transformational careers for HBCU students. The HBCU National Center:

  • Provides cash grants to HBCUs to advance, promote or sustain the HBCU Washington, D.C. internship program.
  • Provides housing certificates to HBCU students for fully-paid, safe and convenient accommodations at the Center during their internship programs.
  • Promotes opportunities for alumni mentoring, networking, internship placements and workplace entry.
  • Partners with an HBCU to foster the school’s presence in Washington.

Visit our website at: HBCUNC.org.  For more information on grant opportunities, contact Hayley Dashiell at:  HDashiell@InternsDC.com.

U.S. State Department

Below is the USAJOBS weblink announcing a PAID Student Trainee (Administration and Office Support), GS-399-1/2/3/4/5/7/9, position.  I’m sharing this information for you to share with any school contact or students you may have in these areas this morning, if you can, as  the announcement opened today will close after receipt of 50 applications or Sunday at 11:59 pm EST, whichever comes first. Few vacancies in the following locations:

  • Washington, DC
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Cleveland, OH

Weblink –   https://www.usajobs.gov/job/670981300

Our Money Matters

Repaying student loan debt, buying, or leasing a car, monitoring your credit score, consolidating debt …It’s no wonder that the average person is confused when it comes to their finances. And younger people are even less prepared. In fact, African American youth are less financially stable than any other age or racial group. Almost 50% of African Americans age 18 to 29 reported that they could not cover a $2,000 emergency expense. That’s why the Wells Fargo Foundation and the HBCU Community Development Action Coalition (CDAC) have partnered to launch a free and easy-to-use online and offline hub called Our Money Matters. Funded by a generous grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation, Our Money Matters offers personalized and innovative tools like a student loan snapshot, car loan calculator, investment analyzer, online courses, access to certified financial planners, as well as offline resources. Targeting HBCU and MSI students, university administrators, and community residents, this personalized and innovative program is designed to help reverse the widening racial wealth gap. MORE INFORMATION!

 Employment Opportunities!

U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM)

The U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) is one of the largest international media agencies in the world. We broadcast to over 100 countries in 63 different languages on multiple media platforms.  Our mission is to inform, engage and connect the people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. USAGM is an Independent Federal Agency. If you are interested in becoming a part of an exciting, multi-media, multi-cultural organization, check out the below links and apply! Federal Positions:

Click here to view more federal USAGM positions.  USAGM also have multiple grantee network and personal services contracting positions available:

Idaho National Laboratory

Idaho National Laboratory is seeking individuals interested in exploring a career as a Business Management Rotational Development Professional. Selected candidates hired for this position will be part of an 18–24-month rotational program to sharpen technical and analytical skills by rotating within General Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Acquisitions and Contract Management, Business systems and the Project Management organizations within the Business Management Directorate. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required as well as the following key skills: high technical proficiency, excellent social skills, excellent written communication, and analytical skills. Apply on www.inl.gov/careers by searching “Business Management Rotational Development Professional – (18223)” Questions? Please contact Sr. Recruiter Howard Katz at howard.katz@inl.gov or at (208) 557-1997.

The 9th Annual National HBCU Pre-Law Summit & Law Expo 2022 Sponsored by The Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

This year’s event takes place in Washington, DC on the campuses of the district’s two HBCU law schools – the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Howard University School of Law on Friday, September 16th, 2022 and Saturday, September 17th, 2022. This world-class event is offered completely free of charge. We are organizing an amazing in-person event and putting together limited virtual sessions as well. The National HBCU Pre-Law Summit is the only major national pre-law event created by an HBCU alumna especially for HBCU students and alumni interested in law school and becoming lawyers. This event directly addresses the unique issues, challenges, and concerns facing HBCU students, particularly those entering predominantly White (PWI) law schools. We also make sure that we spotlight the current six (6) HBCU law schools as potential options to consider in making choices about where to attend. In addition, we emphasize the importance of networking, relationship building, and mentoring, as well as uplifting and giving back to our communities and creating our own Black-owned businesses once armed with legal training. This event was designed so that your students would have a welcoming and affirming space to convene in order to get access to the critical, game-changing information, resources, tools, and connections necessary for their professional legal education and career success – from people who truly understand and value the HBCU experience and community. We want them to know that there are current law students, law school administrators, and lawyers who want to see them succeed and help create a family-like and supportive atmosphere that actively encourages information-sharing and making me Please encourage those at your institution to register TODAY. This interactive and immersive experience includes an incredible lineup of influential and prominent keynote, special guest, and guest speakers from all over the nation – many who are HBCU graduates. Beyond that, we offer informative workshops and master classes, panel discussions, one-on-one advisement and practical assistance sessions, the aspiring lawyers pinning ceremony, and a large law expo that features well over 100 law schools, law-related non-profit organizations, and potential future employers who want to meet them.  This year, we are even adding a special movie night featuring film screenings and a filmmaker Q&A with Black filmmakers/lawyers. This event provides your students who are aspiring lawyers with the unparalleled opportunity to network and connect with others from across the country with similar career interests and goals who can become their peer accountability partners. It is the ideal opportunity for those with law school aspirations to gain potential law student and lawyer mentors to help them build a network of support in the obstacle-laden pursuit to earn a professional law degree. Attendees have a variety of people that they can go to to get their questions answered during the event, and now gain a community online that they can go to after the event as well. Thank you so much for your service to Virginia University of Lynchburg and all you do daily to shape tomorrow’s leaders. We greatly and sincerely appreciate your support in encouraging and empowering our HBCU students and graduates in the incredibly challenging journey and worthwhile pursuit of becoming lawyers. Their presence and voices are truly needed in our nation’s law schools, in the legal profession, in corporations and businesses, and in our communities. We have created a special and safe space, especially for them. We hope you will help us spread the word on your campus and lend your support in having them join us this fall in our nation’s capital.  Their active and engaged participation will be tremendously beneficial. Past participants have shared that the experience was life-changing and provided a lifeline and roadmap to fulfilling their dreams of becoming lawyers. Finally, we have negotiated a special double room rate of only $99.99 plus tax at the Days Inn by Wyndham Washington, DC/Connecticut Avenue located literally a couple of minutes and footsteps away from our host venues which are down the street from each other. Here is the link to reserve a room at this special rate exclusively for National HBCU Pre-Law Summit registrants: www.wyndhamhotels.com/hotels/06507?checkInDate=09/15/2022&checkOutDate=09/17/2022&groupCode=091522HBC In the coming days, we will send registrants further detailed information and information on upcoming optional virtual sessions covering how to make the most of the HBCU Pre-Law Summit experience. To learn more about the National HBCU Pre-Law Summit, please visit our official website at http://www.hbcuprelawsummit.org. The direct registration link is https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-9th-annual-national-hbcu-pre-law-summit-and-law-expo-2022-tickets-342253197527?aff=erelexpmlt If you should have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at info@hbcu prelawsummit.org. We are more than happy to help.

Career Opportunity

Director of Affirmative Action and EEO Compliance, Virginia Tech (Remote Opportunity—United States) Virginia Tech and Spelman Johnson are pleased to announce a nationwide search for the university’s next Director of Affirmative Action and EEO Compliance. This remote position is open to individuals living anywhere in the United States and requires travel to Blacksburg, Virginia, and/or the greater Washington, DC, area four-to-six times a year. No visa sponsorship is available for this role. A comprehensive background check will be required for employment in this position. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Equity and Accessibility, the Director of Affirmative Action and EEO Compliance:

  •  Provides leadership to advance the university’s affirmative action programs. ·
  • Implements monitoring and audit programs to ensure compliance with equal employment opportunity laws.
  • Serves as the campus expert with matters related to affirmative action within the university setting, works closely with university senior management implementing affirmative action plans, and ensures university compliance with related regulations.
  • Provides consultation on teaching/research faculty hiring and recruiting processes and procedures.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, application materials should be received by September 9, 2022. Full announcement, qualifications, and application instructions: https://bit.ly/3JK7e6Y . To nominate an individual or discuss this opportunity, contact: Jim Norfleet, Practice Leader and Senior Consultant jmn@spelmanjohnson.com www.spelmanjohnson.com Twitter: @SpelmanJohnson Facebook: Spelman Johnson Follow us on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/sjg-the-spelman-&-johnson-group Spelman Johnson: an executive search firm since 1991, recognized for our work in identifying and recruiting outstanding leaders in education, advocacy associations, and social impact organizations. This is a professional advancement opportunity intended for the specific recipient of this message. Spelman Johnson welcomes the sharing of this announcement with colleagues; however, please do not post this announcement to listservs or websites, including college/university career services job posting sites, without express permission from Spelman Johnson.

U.S. Department of State

Hiring Soon: Civil Service STEM & Foreign Affairs Fellows. To support the Secretary’s Modernization Agenda goal of acquiring more specialized talent, the Department of State will soon start hiring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Foreign Affairs Fellows in Civil Service positions across the Department on an ongoing and as needed basis.  Employees are asked to share this information broadly with interested candidates in their professional networks. What is the opportunity? The U.S. Department of State is hiring Civil Service Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Foreign Affairs Fellows.  These are two-year paid positions that provide critical skills development and field experience. Who is eligible to apply? The positions are open to all U.S. citizens who completed their formal undergraduate or graduate education in one of the announced STEM areas or whose experience and/or educational background meets the basic requirement for the Foreign Affairs position. When can applicants apply? The announcements will be posted on an ongoing and as needed basis to USAJobs.gov starting in mid-August. What kind of work will this entail? Fellows will be hired across the Department to work in a variety of areas.  Below are a few highlighted opportunities:

  • General Engineer (Technology Policy Fellow) – The Fellow will work in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and will serve as a technical analyst and policy advisor supporting the improvement of both national and international export policies.
  • IT Specialists (Information Security) – The Fellow will work in the Bureau of Consular Affairs  and will assist with the engineering and development of systems architecture/design, security engineering, architecture alignment, development of long-range strategic plans for automation and system integration.
  • Foreign Affairs Officer – The Fellow will work in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and will serve as an advisor and action officer for strategic planning and performance and will assist in tracking aspects, trends, and activities of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Europe and Eurasia.
  • Foreign Affairs Officers – The Fellows will work in Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and will be responsible for assisting in the development of policy and conducting liaison activities with a broad range of international and/or national organizations and with other government agencies involved in humanitarian assistance.

How can I hire a fellow? If you are a hiring manager and are interested in recruiting a Fellow, please contact your Bureau Human Resources Specialist.  Applicants can direct questions about each opportunity to the Human Resources Specialist contact listed in each USAJobs.gov announcement. Please contact your Bureau Human Resources Specialist for additional information.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Career & Internship Vacancies. To view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements. If you have a question about a specific position vacancy, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed at the bottom of the announcement. For more information about FWS careers and available internship opportunities, please visit our FWS Careers page. You can also explore and learn more about the careers we have at FWS and others within the Department of the Interior by clicking here.

Office of Personnel Management

The PMF Program Office is happy to formally announce the dates for the upcoming PMF Class of 2023 Application, which are as follows:  opening Noon (Eastern Time), Tuesday, September 13th and closing Noon (Eastern Time), Tuesday, September 27th, 2022. These dates have been posted at https://www.pmf.gov/become-a-pmf/2023-application/. For the 2023 application cycle, we have made significant updates to the assessment and selection process. The “2023 PMF Applicant Handbook” has been updated and posted it to the PMF website. The Handbook can be found under the “Become a PMF/Resources” section at https://www.pmf.gov/become-a-pmf/resources/. Additionally, during the months of August/September 2022, we will be hosting a series of informational webinars for potential applicants about the upcoming PMF Class of 2023 Application. Please register using the links below and you will receive a confirmation email prior to the session with details for accessing the Microsoft Teams meeting (including a call-in option for those who cannot access the platform). Space is limited and dates/times/thematic focus are subject to change.

  • Saturday, August 20, 2022, from 12:00-1:00pm (Eastern Time), Register in advance here: https://pmfinfosession08-20-2022.eventbrite.com
  • Tuesday, August 23, 2022, from 3:00-4:00pm (Eastern Time), This session is open to all disciplines, and will have a specific focus on Scientific, Technical, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Science Policy fields, Register in advance here: https://pmfinfosession08-23-2022.eventbrite.com
  • Thursday, August 25, 2022, from 4:00-5:00pm (Eastern Time), This session is open to all disciplines, and will have a specific focus on Accounting, Finance, Economics, and Business Administration-related degrees, Register in advance here: https://pmfinfosession08-25-2022.eventbrite.com
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022, from 4:00-5:00pm (Eastern Time), This session is open to all disciplines, and will have a specific focus on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI), Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA),  Register in advance here: https://pmfinfosession08-30-2022.eventbrite.com
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2022, from 3:00-4:00pm (Eastern Time), This session is open to all disciplines, and will have a specific focus on Public Health and Social Work, Register in advance here: https://pmfinfosession08-31-2022.eventbrite.com
  • Thursday, September 1, 2022, from 4:00-5:00pm (Eastern Time), This session is open to all disciplines, and will have a  Register in advance here: https://pmfinfosession09-01-2022.eventbrite.com
  • Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 1:00-2:00pm (Eastern Time), This session is open to all disciplines, Register in advance here: https://pmfinfosession09-06-2022.eventbrite.com
  • Tuesday, September 6, 2022, from 4:00-5:00pm (Eastern Time), This session is open to all disciplines, and will have a specific focus on First Generation students, Register in advance here: https://pmfinfosession09-06-2022-First-Gen.eventbrite.com
  • Monday, September 12, 2022, from 2:00-4:00pm (Eastern Time), This session, taking place the day before the application opens, will serve as an open forum for questions only. It will be open to all disciplines, but will not include a presentation, Register in advance here: https://pmfinfosession09-12-2022-Q-and-A.eventbrite.com

National and Federal Opportunities!

Ascend at the Aspen Institute – New Grant Opportunity for HBCUs

RFP: New Funding Opportunity for Higher Education Institutions to Support Black and Native Student Parents. WASHINGTON, DC (July 20, 2022) – Ascend at the Aspen Institute today announced the launch of the Black and Native Family Futures Fund, a new grant opportunity created with and for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to support the success of Black and Native student parents in college. More than half of the nearly 4 million student parents in the United States are students of color, with Black and Native students more likely to be balancing school and parenting than other groups of students. With institutional cultures that are rooted in family, community, and holistic supports – key elements of a supportive campus for student parents – HBCUs and TCUs are uniquely positioned to identify and address the needs of Black and Native student parents. WHO. Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s Postsecondary Success for Parents initiative, with support from Lumina Foundation, requests proposals from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) that are committed to improving the college completion of student parents at their institution. Technical assistance will be provided to HBCU partners by Teamer Strategy Group, LLC. (TSG) and to TCU partners by the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY). WHAT. The Black and Native Family Futures Fund will provide $75,000 grants and expert technical assistance over 18 months (November 2022 – April 2024) to each of the selected institutions. WHEN. Interested institutions must submit their application by 11:59 pm ET on September 14, 2022. MORE INFORMATION. Eligibility and selection criteria are available in the full Request for Proposals. MEDIA CONTACT. For more information on Black and Native student parents or Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s Postsecondary Success for Parents Initiative, contact Brendan Creamer at Brendan.Creamer@aspeninsitute.org. Ascend at the Aspen Institute ’s mission is to create a society where every family passes a legacy of prosperity and well-being from one generation to the next. Click the link for more information. 

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is pleased to announce two grant opportunities in the Of the People program’s Connecting Communities Digital Initiative, funded by the Mellon Foundation. Grants of up to $50,000 support libraries, archives, museums, and higher education institutions in creating projects that use and re-mix Library of Congress digital collections. Projects must center the lives, experiences, and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, Hispanic or Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, or other communities of color in the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands. Applications are due September 30. You can learn more about the program and how to apply here: https://www.loc.gov/programs/of-the-people/apply/ Questions? Contact the Library of Congress Connecting Communities Digital Initiative team at ccdi-grants@loc.gov.

National Institute of Health 

NIH Loan Repayment Programs: Supporting the Next Generation of Researchers- Thursday, August 25, 20222:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET Do you (or does someone you know) have student debt? If so, find out how you can get up to $100,000 repaid towards your student loans with a two-year award from the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). This virtual event is designed for students, new researchers, and administrators/mentors who want to learn how biomedical and behavioral scientists with student debt can benefit from this program. In addition, participants will hear first-hand experiences from LRP Ambassadors on planning their grant applications. Navigating Early Career Funding Opportunities- Thursday, September 15, 20221:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET Are you ready to transition to a fully independent position as an investigator, faculty member, clinician scientist, or scientific team member? The NIH is committed to investing in early-stage investigators who are focused on establishing themselves as experts in their chosen research areas. With numerous Fellowships and Career Development Award types, how do you know which is the right one for your research and career goals? Our experts will provide an overview of opportunities, discuss how networking and mentoring can strengthen your chances for success, and show you where to find resources to help you along the way. These events officially kick off the NIH Grants Conference  2022-2023 season, culminating with the 2-day Grants Conference in February. Other pre-conference events that may be of interest (details coming soon to the NIH Grants Conference site):

  • Research Misconduct and Integrity – October 14
  • Foreign Collaborations: Policies, Processes and Partnerships – November 9
  • Human Subjects Research: Policies, Clinical Trials, and Inclusion – December 6-7

ONE REGISTRATION. ALL-ACCESS. NO COST.  Register one time to gain access to all virtual preconference events, the 2-day conference, and valuable resources. Please direct questions about these events to NIHGrantsEvents@nih.gov.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Announces up to $50 Million available for new EJ Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers A pre-application Assistance Webinar is scheduled for August 16, 2022, for interested applicants to hear about the program and ask general questions The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of up to $50 million in grant funding to establish the Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (EJ TCTAC) program. EPA is partnering with the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide funding for 5-10 centers across the nation supporting underserved communities, including rural and remote communities. The Thriving Communities Centers will provide technical assistance, training, and capacity-building support to communities with environmental justice and energy concerns. They will also assist with navigating federal systems such as Grants.gov and SAM.gov, effectively managing and leveraging grant funding, assistance with writing grant proposals, and translation and interpretation services for limited English-speaking participants. Eligibility. This opportunity is available to public and private universities and colleges; public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; and intertribal consortia. Pre-application Assistance Webinars. Applicants are invited to participate in webinars with EPA and DOE to address questions about the EJ TCTAC Program.  A recording of each webinar will be posted for those who cannot attend the live webinars and for reference purposes when preparing applications. The webinar dates and times are as follows:

  1. August 16, 2022, from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern Time) 
  1. August 25, 2022, from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern Time) 

Links to access the Pre-application Assistance Webinars and a Frequently Asked Questions document can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-thriving-communities-technical-assistance-centers Applications are due on October 4, 2022. Awards will be issued as cooperative agreements and EPA will be substantially involved in the operation of the centers.

EPA Announces Initial Availability of $11 Million for Technical Assistance Centers to Support Underserved Communities The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the availability of $11 million in initial grant funding to establish Environmental Justice (EJ) Thriving Community Technical Assistance Centers across the nation. The EPA funding is available under the first year of a partnership with the Department of Energy, with future phases of up to 10 multi-year awards for a maximum potential program value of $50 million. The Centers will provide an unprecedented level of support to help ensure that federal resources are equitably distributed and meet the on-the-ground environmental justice challenges that communities have faced for generations. The Centers will provide technical assistance, training, and capacity-building support to communities with environmental justice concerns and their partners. They will also assist with navigating federal systems such as Grants.gov and SAM.gov, effectively managing and leveraging grant funding, and translation and interpretation services for limited English-speaking participants. The support provided will focus on building community-centered collaborations through meaningful engagement, guidance on accessing other forms of support and technical assistance across the federal government, and assistance with writing grant proposals. This program will coordinate with and complement the Department of Transportation’s Thriving Communities Initiative that provides technical assistance and capacity building resources to improve and foster thriving communities through transportation improvements. This opportunity is available to public and private universities and colleges; public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations; and collaborating tribal governments. Applications are due on October 4, 2022. For more information on this opportunity: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-thriving-communities-technical-assistance-centers For more information on other grant funding and technical assistance: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-grants-funding-and-technical-assistance

National Aeronautics in Space Administration 

The time is here to start forming a team for the next iteration of NASA MITTIC! The Minority University Research & Education Project (MUREP) Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (NASA MITTIC) is a spinoff challenge established to develop new ideas for commercialization by seeking proposals from multi-disciplinary student teams enrolled at minority serving institutions (MSIs). This challenge provides the unique opportunity to advance the world of tomorrow, and the Artemis Generation, by building new and advanced commercial products from NASA-created technology. Contact us about scheduling a personalized session, exclusively geared to faculty and/or students at your institution (virtual vs in-person session options with the MITTIC team vary by location). Here are some of the new changes for the coming competition cycles:

  • NASA MITTIC is now offering two opportunities to compete: Fall or Spring.
    • Proposals for NASA MITTIC Fall are accepted from August 17, 2022, through October 26, 2022.
    • Proposals for NASA MITTIC Spring are accepted from January 3, 2023, through March 15, 2023.
  • Teams are now able to use any NASA Intellectual Property (IP) from the patent portfolio as the basis for their spinoff concept. A list of 45 suggested technologies can be found on our website but a NASA MITTIC proposal may utilize any NASA IP.
  • We no longer require prerequisites or training courses to be completed before a team may submit a proposal for the competition. However, teams who complete and submit proof of their training will receive additional points on their submitted proposal.

NASA MITTIC is a unique spinoff challenge that utilizes NASA’s unique STEM resources in concert with business and entrepreneurial skills. It is a great opportunity to engage with NASA technology, experts, businesses, and partners. To get started on your NASA MITTIC journey, visit our website.  -OR-  Join us for our open office hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. CDT, on Microsoft Teams. We are looking forward to receiving your team’s proposal! NASA MITTIC is your #SpaceToPitch

NASA SBIR IGNITE

The NASA SBIR Ignite Solicitation is now open through September 1, 2022! This exciting new funding opportunity is a way for small businesses that have a commercially-viable technology idea to use NASA as a stepping stone in their path towards commercial success. With a greater emphasis on commercialization, SBIR Ignite funds U.S. early-stage, high-risk technology development to help make companies and their technologies more attractive to private sector investors, customers, and partners. Topics in the solicitation include: 

  • Technologies Using NASA Data to Foster Climate Resilience
  • Enabling technologies for the development of a robust Low-Earth Orbit Economy
  • Electric and Hybrid Electric Systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Aircraft in the 1500 to 5000 lbs. size class
  • Low-Cost Photovoltaic Arrays for Space
  • Point-of-use Recycling for Optimized Space-Age Logistics
  • Commercial Development of Active Debris Remediation (ADR) Services

We encourage you to learn more: sbir.nasa.gov/ignite, view the webinar available here: https://livestream.com/nasaitech/sbirignite: sbir-ignite-release-party.eventbrite.com, review the solicitation: sbir.nasa.gov/solicit-detail/80089, and submit a proposal: sbir.gsfc.nasa.gov/submissions/login.

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