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HBCU Clean Energy Education Prize Inspire Track

Advancing clean energy programming, opportunities, and connections for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

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$1,000,000

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Overview

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the HBCU Clean Energy Education Prize to help develop advanced clean energy programming opportunities and connections for HBCUs across the United States. The prize focuses on three primary goals: 

  1. Inspire K-12 and community college students to engage with and learn about clean energy subjects through HBCU-hosted educational programs.
  2. Initiate partnerships between HBCUs and other universities with proven clean energy focused programs to build new cross-university curriculum enhancements or exchange programs, along with degree and certificate programs.
  3. Integrate and build programming between university and industry partners to advance career opportunities for HBCU students in the clean energy field. 

The prize aims to help HBCUs achieve these goals through two distinct prize tracks—the Inspire Track and the Partnerships Track. This page is for the Inspire Track. For more information on the Partnerships Track, please visit herox.com/hbcu.

 

The Inspire Track supports the development or expansion of HBCU-hosted clean energy summer or academic break programs for K-12 and community college students. These programs will help explain basic concepts of clean energy technologies and illuminate possible clean energy educational and career pathways for students.

Phases

The Inspire Track is comprised of two phases. For more information on the Inspire Track phases, please read the official rules document.

  • Phase 1: Competitors will work to develop educational plans for clean energy summer or academic break programs. Up to 20 winners will each receive a $40,000 cash award and will be eligible to compete in Phase 2.
  • Phase 2: Phase 1 winners will continue to develop program plans, further implement the programs, and provide initial metrics to showcase program impact. Up to 20 winners will each receive a $10,000 cash award.

Key Dates

Anticipated dates are subject to change. For the final dates, please read the official rules document.

  • Phase 1 Launches: May 8, 2023
  • Phase 1 Submissions Due: August 24, 2023
  • Phase 1 Winners Announced: October 5, 2023
  • Phase 2 Submissions Due: June 21, 2024 (anticipated)
  • Phase 2 Winners Announced: July 2024 (anticipated)

Eligibility

All HBCUs in the United States and U.S. territories are eligible to apply to one or both tracks. For more details, please read the official rules document.

Informational Webinar

For more information on the Inspire Track, please view the recording of the Inspire Track informational webinar.

 

 

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Guidelines

Please review the official rules for the complete application process and instructions for competing. 
Follow the challenge page to receive the latest updates. For any questions, please use the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at .

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Challenge Updates

Phase 2 Deadline Today

June 21, 2024, 8 a.m. PDT by Daniella Frank

Hi, challengers!

Submissions are due today by 5 p.m. Eastern Time. We encourage you to submit with enough time to account for any unexpected issues. Please review the official rules document for submission requirements. We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

If you have any questions, please email .


One Week Until Phase 2 Deadline

June 14, 2024, 8 a.m. PDT by Daniella Frank

Hi, challengers!

There is one week until the Inspire Track Phase 2 submission deadline. Make sure to submit all of your materials to the HeroX page by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, June 21, 2024. We encourage you to submit with enough time to account for any unexpected issues. Please review the official rules document for submission requirements. We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

 

If you have any questions, please email


One Month Until Phase 2 Deadline

May 21, 2024, 8 a.m. PDT by Daniella Frank

Hi, challengers!

There is one month until the Inspire Track Phase 2 submission deadline on June 21. As you prepare your submissions, please make sure to review the official rules document to ensure you are satisfying the requirements. We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

If you have any questions, please email .


Inspire Track Phase 2 Open, New HeroX Page Live

Oct. 25, 2023, 10:53 a.m. PDT by NREL Prize Administrator

Hi, challengers!

Congratulations to the Inspire Track Phase 1 winners! The Inspire Track Phase 2 is now open and accepting submissions. Make sure to review the official rules document for Phase 2 submission requirements.

As you may have noticed, we have launched an Inspire Track-specific HeroX page. This page can be found at herox.com/hbcu-inspire and will be the new home for Inspire Track submissions, updates, and resources. If you need information on the HBCU Clean Energy Education Prize Partnerships Track, you can visit herox.com/hbcu.

If you have any questions, please email .


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