MEMBER ADVISORY--August 9, 2005
New Funding Opportunities under the Energy Policy Act of 2005
President Bush signed into law the Energy Policy Act of 2005 yesterday. This Act was passed on July 29, 2005 by both houses of Congress. It is a far-reaching and comprehensive law that authorizes major funding for research and development (Title IX), energy-related workforce development and training (Title XI), and increased college/university collaborations, including Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) (Title X, Sec. 1010).
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and other MSIs will have access to not less than $5 million annually for years 2007, 2008, and 2009 under Title IX - Research and Development (page 276), for bioenergy-related grants to carry out renewable energy research, development, demonstration and commercial application activities.
A new Section 3167 (page 347), Partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges, mandates the inclusion of these institutions in the work of each of the 17 National Laboratories and science facilities funded by this Act, so that MSIs may increase their capacity to participate in collaborative research, equipment transfers, training, mentoring and other such activities related to enhancing the participation of underrepresented populations in energy-related occupations, particularly in science and engineering.
Under Title IX, Subtitle H--International Cooperation, Section 985 (page 315-316), Western Hemisphere Energy Cooperation, opens new doors for HSIs to conduct cross-national projects and activities with their counterparts in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Secretary of Energy is required to conduct a comprehensive outreach and technical assistance program to carry out the provisions of the Act, including increased participation of HSIs in all appropriate and targeted aspects of this legislation. The complete text of this Act is available by clicking on: http://files.hacu.net/hr6.pdf.