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HBCU Clean Energy Education Prize Partnerships Track

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

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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 Partnerships Track and Inspire Track. This page is for the Partnerships Track. For more information on the Inspire Track, please visit herox.com/hbcu-inspire

 

The Partnerships Track supports building partnerships between HBCUs and other universities, government agencies, and industry leaders to inform new programs and provide professional opportunities that will equip HBCU students with the skills needed to succeed in clean energy careers. 

Phases

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

  • Phase 1: Competitors will develop a plan of action, provide evidence of partnership commitment, describe the goals and benefits of partnerships, and discuss how the partnerships will positively impact HBCU students. Up to 10 HBCU winners will each win a $100,000 cash award and be eligible to compete in Phase 2.
  • Phase 2: Competitors will showcase how they were able to implement their plans, advance their partnerships, and successfully develop new programming that will help provide improved educational and career opportunities to HBCU students. Up to 10 HBCU winners will split a total prize pool of up to $4,000,000 and be eligible to compete in Phase 3.
  • Phase 3: Competitors will provide further updates on the implementation of their partnerships and programming. Up to three HBCU winners will split a total prize pool of up to $1,750,000.

Key Dates

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

  • Phase 1 Launches: August 29, 2023
  • Informational Webinar: September 19, 2023
  • Phase 1 Submissions Due: December 19, 2023
  • Phase 1 Winners Announced: February 2024 (anticipated)
  • Phase 2 Launches: February 2024 (anticipated)
  • Phase 2 Submissions Due: June 2024 (anticipated)
  • Phase 2 Winners Announced: July 2024 (anticipated)
  • Phase 3 Launches: July 2024 (anticipated)
  • Phase 3 Submissions Due: December 2024 (anticipated)
  • Phase 3 Winners Announced: January 2025 (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 Partnerships Track, please view the recording of the Partnerships Track informational webinar.

Resource Partners Webinar

In early October, organizations that have submitted the Resource Partners Interest Form will be invited to present at the Resource Partners Webinar. This webinar will be an opportunity for competitors to learn more about organizations that are interested in partnering and the resources they can provide. The date of the webinar will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

 

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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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Phase 1 Winners Announced!

March 5, 2024, 11:02 a.m. PST by Daniella Frank

Congratulations to the winners of the HBCU Clean Energy Education Prize Partnerships Track Phase 1! 

  • Albany State University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Dillard University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Howard University
  • Jackson State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Southern University and A&M College
  • Southern University at Shreveport
  • Tennessee State University 

All 10 Phase 1 winners will move onto Phase 2 to kickstart their proposed partnerships and programs. Make sure to review the official rules document for submission requirements and other prize information. 


Deadline Today

Dec. 19, 2023, 5:56 a.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

Hi, challengers!

Submissions are due today at 5 p.m. ET. We encourage you to submit with enough time to account for any unexpected issues, especially if this is your first time using the HeroX platform. 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 Reminder

Dec. 13, 2023, 8:17 a.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

Hi, challengers!

Less than one week until the Partnerships Track submission deadline. Make sure to submit all of your materials to the HeroX page by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023. We encourage you to submit with enough time to account for any unexpected issues, especially if this is your first time using the HeroX platform. Please review the official rules document for submission requirements. We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

If you have any questions, please email .


Resource Partners Contact List Update

Dec. 1, 2023, 1:38 p.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

Hi, challengers! 

There have been a few more additions to the Resource Partners Contact List in the Resources section. If you are in search of partners for your submission, this list provides information about organizations that have expressed interest in working with competitors. We look forward to receiving your submissions by Dec. 19, 2023!

If you have any questions, please email .


Less Than One Month Until Deadline

Nov. 22, 2023, 2:11 p.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

Hi, challengers!

There is now less than one month until the Dec. 19 submission deadline for the Partnerships Track. 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 .


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