The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected seven projects to receive approximately $2.8 million in federal funding for research and development projects that support fossil energy research at colleges and universities nationwide, including minority institutions. Projects under this initiative educate the next generation of scientists and engineers and help advance innovative and fundamental research focused on coal-based, fossil energy resources. The Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU/OMI) program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students in such research. Selected through funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001842, Support of Fossil Energy Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities Including University Coal Research (UCR) and Research by Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions, the projects will minimize costs and requirements for energy treatment by optimizing power plant environmental controls; the projects will also boost efficiency by integrating robotics technologies.