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Spring 2022 FECM HBCU-OMI Program Webinar


On April 12, 2022, DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) within the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) hosted a webinar as a part of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions Program (HBCU-OMI).

The webinar offered an opportunity to become familiar with NETL, including its mission as the leading national laboratory for FECM, and to gain an in-depth understanding of how to plan, organize, and submit proposals responsive to a set criterion.

In addition to providing information on FECM and NETL’s principal lines of research, the webinar focused on providing participants information on how to prepare a responsive proposal. The basics of how to link experience and competencies to the topics (also known as Areas of Interest or AOIs) was covered, as well as how to critically read a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to maximize an institution’s available array of knowledge, expertise, and resources. The webinar also provided information on the formulation of the actual proposed research to be conducted, and how to maneuver the administrative requirements of doing business with the government.


  • Welcome and Introductions Sarah Nathan, Project Manager, Crosscutting Team
  • Overview of NETL’s University Training & Research Program
    Alan Perry, Director, Office of Workforce Management and Administration, FECM
    Sandra Penaherrera, Program Manager, FECM
    Sydni Credle, Technology Manager, University Training and Research

  • Overview of Hydrogen Program
  • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO)
    Eric Miller, Senior Advisor
    James Vickers, Technology Manager, FECM

  • Overview of Internship Opportunities
  • Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program
    Sandra Penaherrera, Program Manager, FECM
  • NETL’s Internship Programs
    Patricia Adkins-Coliane, Program Coordinator
  • Doing Business with the Federal Government and Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)
    Sarah Nathan, Project Manager, Crosscutting Team
  • Responding to Areas of Interest (or Topics)
    Sarah Nathan, Project Manager, Crosscutting Team
  • Questions and Answers