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Federal HBCU Interagency Working Group, Economic DevelopmentView the HBCU Economic Development Profiles ToolNew Historically Black Colleges and Universities Economic Development Profiles Tool. The Economic Development Cluster of the Federal Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Interagency Working Group launched the HBCU Economic Development Profiles Tool. This tool can provide insight into how universities and colleges can work with regional economic development ecosystems to successfully serve as a means to engage community leaders, leverage the involvement of the private sector, and establish a strategic blueprint for regional collaboration.The Economic Development Cluster’s federal partners provide a broad overview of how HBCUs can engage in their regions as a participant in the economic development ecosystem. This includes leveraging HBCUs economic assets in the local cluster and the regional comprehensive economic development strategies with local economic development organizations. HBCU assets are critical for equitable regional development.The Economic Development Cluster is supported by a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Treasury.View the HBCU Economic Development Profiles ToolMore Information about the Economic Development Cluster. The Economic Development Cluster promotes the economic actions of HBCUs and their environments by sharing information regarding funding opportunities and building capacity to access federal resources and engage in market based public private partnerships.To learn more about the Economic Development Cluster, visit the: Federal HBCU Interagency Working Group page on ed.govMore Information about the Rural Gateway. The Rural Gateway provides technical assistance, training, peer learning, and resource sharing to support rural housing and economic development. For more information, contact HUD’s Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development at 1-877-787-2526 or

Energy LogoThe U.S. Department of EnergyThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $3 million to connect industry partners with the high-performance computing (HPC) resources and experts at DOE’s National Laboratories to tackle today’s toughest manufacturing challenges. Through the High-Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) initiative, selected teams will apply advanced modeling, simulation, and data analysis to projects that improve material performance and manufacturing efficiency to reduce carbon emissions and accelerate our transition to a clean energy future.The HPC4EI initiative solicitation will fund projects in DOE’s HPC for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) and HPC for Materials in Applied Energy Technologies (HPC4Mtls) programs.This solicitation encourages applicants to partner with a diverse range of universities, community colleges, and non-profit organizations, especially those in disadvantaged and underserved communities, to ensure the equitable use and benefits of HPC National Laboratory resources and technologies.DOE will award up to $300,000 to selected projects to support computing cycles and work performed by the National Laboratory. All DOE National Laboratories are eligible to participate. The industry partner must provide a participant contribution of at least 20% of the total project funding.View the full solicitation. Concept papers will be due on December 6, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET.HPC4Mfg is funded by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office. HPC4Mtls is funded by the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management. HPC4EI is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. To learn more, visit the HPC4EI website.

DOT logoU.S. Department of Transporation FEDERAL FUNDING/PROCUREMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program – $1.42 billion  NOFO is currently openApplications are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, December 1, 2022. See the FY 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)for more information.Overview: This program funds projects that improve the safety, efficiency, and reliability of intercity passenger and freight rail.  CRISI may support programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are designed with specific elements to address climate change impacts.  DOT is looking to fund projects that proactively address racial equity and barriers to opportunity, including automobile dependence, as well as redress prior inequities and barriers to opportunity.  DOT seeks to award funding to rural projects that address deteriorating conditions and disproportionately high fatality rates and transportation costs in rural communities.  Funds may also support the development of safety programs and institutes, including workforce development plans and training activities.  DOT also seeks to fund projects that address environmental justice, particularly for communities that disproportionally experience climate change-related consequences.Register for upcoming CRISI Office Hours events: October 27 – FY 2022 CRISI NOFO Office Hours Session #2 – Project NarrativeEMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:Below is information for USDOT’s FHWA, Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG).  USDOT Federal Highway Administration is currently accepting applications through January 2023.  USDOT FHWA aims to hire approximately 100 students per year.  In addition to their stipend, the students are eligible for housing in the location where they are placed.  This includes the Washington, DC area.  This is a great opportunity for the selectees to build relationships and network with other interns.  All college students can apply for this program, including Freshmen.  See below for links to the information sessions and the application.

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