By: U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of EnergyDOE Announces $3.16 Billion from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Boost Domestic Battery Manufacturing and Supply ChainsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $3.1 billion in funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to make more batteries and components in America, bolster domestic supply chains, create good-paying jobs, and help lower costs for families. The infrastructure investments will support the creation of new, retrofitted, and expanded commercial facilities as well as manufacturing demonstrations and battery recycling. Read more here.

ED logoU.S. Department of EducationFulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program ApplicationATTENTION FACULTYThe U.S. Department of Education’s (ED)  Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities for faculty to conduct research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge and increase the study of modern foreign languages, cultural engagement, and area studies not generally included in U.S. curricula. Faculty may request funding to support overseas research for a period of no less than three months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance based on the academic year salary of the applicant; and an allowance for research-related expenses overseas. Projects may focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under this program. As part of the application process, eligible scholars submit their individual research narratives and application forms to their home IHE. The IHE compiles all eligible individual faculty applications for inclusion in the institutional application that is submitted to ED.Eligible Faculty ApplicantsA U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident employed by an institution of higher education engaged in teaching relevant to his or her foreign language or area studies specialization for the two years immediately preceding the date of the award. Faculty applicants propose research relevant to their modern foreign language or area studies specialization and possess sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the research project.How to ApplyThe FY 2022 application will be available May 9th online through the ED’s G5 system until July 13th. Please refer to the official Federal Register notice for detailed information about the FY 2022 competition. Interested? Start Here!

chamber logo U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Equality of Opportunity Initiative The latest news from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative, a national partnership of hundreds of companies and business groups working together to advance data-driven public and private sector solutions to bridge opportunity gaps in America.DATA CENTER 27% Formerly incarcerated people are unemployed at a rate of over 27%.  Learn more at the Equality of Opportunity Initiative Data Center


How the Bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act can Advance Energy Equity in America

U.S. Chamber leaders – Christopher Guith, Senior Vice President of Policy for the Global Energy Institute, and Rick Wade, Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach – sat down to discuss how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will advance ground-breaking innovation and preserve existing clean energy electricity generation, grid modernization, the clean energy supply chain, and energy efficiency. Watch now to learn how this once-in-a generation investment can improve energy access and resiliency across underserved communities.


Industry at a Glance: Construction

Rick Wade recently did a keynote presentation at the national conference of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the leading association for the construction industry with over 27,000 member firms. He discussed how the industry can help “Build Inclusive Communities and Pathways to the American Dream.” In its Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion in the Construction Industry, the AGC notes that 90 percent of its member firms report having a hard time finding workers to hire; women account for 16 percent of the construction workforce, and less than 6 percent of its craft workforce; and African Americans account for 6 percent of the construction workforce. Unless the industry can find a way to diversify, it will lack the staffing it needs to keep pace with the demand for construction. You can read the report here

MBDA logoMBDA Grant CompetitionThe Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is actively seeking grant proposals for its MBDA Business Center program. The new grant competition will award $2.1 million in grants to open 6 new locations in Arkansas, Indiana, Oregon, Utah, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. The national network of MBDA Business Centers provide technical and business development services to minority business enterprises across the country. Submissions to the MBDA Business Center grant competition are due June 2, 2022. To learn more about the grant competition, register for pre-application conferences, starting on April 28, 2022. Access additional resources at the MBDA grants page

Labor LogoU.S. Department of LaborHigher Education Professionals: Are you looking to participate in a program to help your students with disabilities find employment? WRP may be the perfect fit for you!The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and select private-sector employers nationwide with college students, graduate students, and recent graduates with disabilities eager to demonstrate their skills through summer internships or permanent jobs.The Workforce Recruitment Program seeks to:Function as a primary pipeline for bringing new talent into the federal government to fill mission-critical jobs.Provide students and recent graduates with the opportunity to receive career advice through informational interviews with federal employees.Help participating college Career Centers and Disability Services Offices tackle the unique issues involved in assisting candidates with disabilities with finding employment, such as job accommodations and the use of the Federal Government Schedule A Hiring Authority.Applicants for the program must:be eligible for the Schedule A Hiring Authority for persons with disabilities ANDbe a U.S. citizen ANDbe enrolled in a U.S. Department of Education accredited institution of higher education on a substantially full-time basis (unless their disability or program requirements preclude the student from taking a substantially full-time load) seeking a degree ORhave graduated with a postsecondary degree in the past two years (on or after April 1, 2020).The WRP application and interview process is coordinated by college Disability Services or Career Services offices. This past year, more than 400 colleges and universities participated in the program, and additional campuses are added each year. To participate, schools must be accredited by one of the accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.Register your college or university from April-June 2022 at! If you have questions about the WRP or would like more information, please email

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