Deadline
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April 23, 2024
3:00 pm
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Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) Operations: Technical Assistance Field Managers and Clearinghouse/Mission Integrator

Information

Description

The Federal Government has been funding the IAC Program since 1976.  Currently, the US Department of Energy (DOE) supports IACs at 37 universities nationwide. These IACs serve two purposes: they help small- and medium-sized manufacturers save energy and improve productivity; and second, they train the next generation of energy-savvy professionals.

Because of its history of success, the IAC program was recently expanded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to include the following:    

  • Establishment of IACs at community colleges, trade schools, and union training programs (Expansion IACs), for which initial selections were recently announced and for which additional funding rounds are forthcoming. The new IACs, like the existing IHE-based IACs, will require a technical assistance Field Manager to support essential operational oversight and engagement functions; and
  • Creation of a clearinghouse of available expertise, tools, and resources to support IACs and assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers with industrial processes and energy efficiency.

Objective

DOE, in collaboration with its Partnership Intermediary, ENERGYWERX, intends to establish an IAC operations and engagement organization that maximizes the impact of the recent expansion of the IAC program while ensuring operational excellence of the full IAC network. This organization will consist of three identifiable yet overlapping functions:    

  • A technical assistance Field Manager that services the traditional IACs – i.e., those based at institutions of higher education (IHE) – and that will support the success of the implementation grant program;
  • A technical assistance Field Manager for the new Expansion IACs at community colleges, trade schools, and union training programs; and
  • A manager for the new clearinghouse, who will also serve as a “mission integrator” responsible for ensuring that efforts across these functions are integrated as relevant and add up to more than the sum of their parts.

Event Updates

How to Participate

  1. Attend the Informational Webinar/Objective Strategic Session on March 26, 2024 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET, to discuss overall program mission and objectives and to ask questions: Click Here to RSVP
  2. Participate the Informational Office Hours session on April 18, 2024 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET, to receive additional information on preparing your proposals and to ask more specific questions: Click Here to RSVP
  3. Download the Solicitation: Click Here to Download
  4. Complete submission and upload here: Click Here to Submit (Submissions are due NLT April 23, 2024 by 3:00 PM ET)

Important Dates

Opportunity Announcement

Objective Strategic Session

Is this a meaningful opportunity for your organization? Do you need more information to help you decide? Please attend the Strategic Session [March 23, 2024 from 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET] to ask questions and to gain a better understanding of IAC program requirements. Click Here to RSVP

Information "Office Hours" Session(s)

Informational Office Hours [April 18, 2024 from 3:00 -4:00 PM ET] ENERGYWERX and the U.S. Department of Energy will host open office hours for potential applicants. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to ask questions. Click Here to RSVP

Submission Deadline(s)

Submissions are due No Later Than April 23, 2024 by 3:00 PM ET

Process Details

Timeline(s)

Submissions Open (March 14, 2024 to April 21, 2024): Interested organizations must complete a submission form (for government review only) no later than April 14, 2024 by 5:00 PM ET. Submitters must download, complete, and upload a capabilities overview.

Informational Webinar/ Objective Strategic Session (March 26, 2024 at 3:00 PM ET): Join ENERGYWERX and DOE for an informational webinar on the Technical Assistance Field Managers and Clearinghouse/Mission Integrator from 3:00 -4:00 PM ET.

Office Hours (April 18, 2024 at 3:00 PM ET): ENERGYWERX and DOE will host open office hours for potential applicants. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to ask questions. The session will take place on April 11, 2024 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET.

Review and Down Select (April 23 2024 - May 24, 2024): The IAC team will down select the respondent/submissions with the highest likelihood of satisfying project requirements. All respondents will receive a selection of non-selection notification on June 5, 2024.

Selectees Announced (June 5, 2024)

Activities Begin (July 1, 2024)

Resources from Webinar(s)

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Slide Deck(s)

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Transcript(s)

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Video Recording(s)

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Webinar Q&As

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Eligibility & Review Criteria

Every prime recipient and subrecipient(s) must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be domestic entities - your organization must be organized, chartered, or incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular state or territory of the United States; have majority domestic ownership and control; and have a physical place of business in the United States.
  • In good standing for Federal program participation - Entities banned from doing business with the United States government such as entities debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participating in Federal programs are not eligible. Additionally, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995, are not eligible to apply for funding.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

  • Can existing IACs apply for either of the Field Manager and/or the Clearinghouse/Integrator roles?
    Existing IACs, were they to be selected as a Field Manager, would be responsible for overseeing their own operations.  This would be a clear conflict of interest; therefore the answer is no, they are not eligible to serve as Field Manager.  However, existing IACs are eligible to apply for the Clearinghouse/Integrator role.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact ENERGYWERX: info@energywerx.org

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