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Don’t let cost stop you from seeking the training programs and services necessary to start or advance your career in offshore wind. Whether you are interested in short-term skills training or long-term educational programs, explore the funding opportunities below to help you achieve your career goals. 

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Rising Star Offshore Wind Student Scholarship

The Business Network for Offshore Wind’s Rising Star: Offshore Wind Scholarship is awarded each year to college-bound high school seniors who have demonstrated impeccable academic achievement and a keen interest in pursuing a career in offshore wind renewable energy. Each scholarship award will be for a total of $5,000, which must be used toward tuition fees.

Applications for the 2024 Rising Star: Offshore Wind Scholarship will be accepted through April 29, 2024

PON4595: NYS Offshore Wind Training Institute- Workforce Training & Skills Development

New York’s offshore wind (OSW) workforce will grow significantly by 2040, with much of this growth concentrated in the manufacturing/production, construction/extraction, and induced industries. Under this Program Opportunity Notice (PON), the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) seeks proposals for training initiatives focused on addressing projected OSW workforce gaps and preparing workers for high-growth jobs. Training audiences may consist of existing and/or new workers.

The Offshore Wind (OSW) NYC Waterfront Pathways Program

The Offshore Wind (OSW) NYC Waterfront Pathways Program will help counter documented disparities in public procurement by increasing opportunities for minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises (MWDBEs) interested in the waterfront and offshore wind industries. The program will provide all necessary training to take part as stakeholders in the next generation of renewable energy and support disadvantaged communities with renewable energy jobs for the future.

Funding: New York State Clean Energy Internship Program

NYSERDA helps prepare the next generation of clean energy workers by funding internships for students and recent graduates at New York State’s clean energy companies through the New York State Clean Energy Internship Program.

PON 4000: Clean Energy and Internship Program

The Clean Energy Internship Program funds individuals interested in energy efficiency, renewable electric power generation, grid modernization and energy storage, alternative transportation and renewable fuels.

PON 3981: Energy Efficiency & Clean Technology

Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology funds educational institutions to provide hands-on training in fields that deal with building electrification/heat pump technologies, energy storage, lighting, building automation and large-scale, land-based renewable energy generation.

PON 4772: Climate Justice Fellowship Program

Climate Justice Fellowship Program funds environmental and climate justice businesses to advance an equitable clean energy transition for all communities, especially those disproportionately burdened by environmental health hazards.

PON 3982: On-the-Job Training Program

On-the-Job Training Programs funds businesses that deal with HVAC and renewable heating and cooling as well as high efficiency water heating, insulation and/or air sealing. 

Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is an interactive program that provides consulting and mentoring services with regional directors working directly with a business, union, or other entity to understand the issue at hand, and then help develop a response.

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants

REAP provides grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

State Energy Competitive Financial Assistance

DOE’s EERE offers competitive grants through its State Energy Program. Designed to meet DOE’s nationally focused energy initiatives, the funding provides states and territories with opportunities to develop public and private partnerships to deploy energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and programs with high potential for regional and local economic impact.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program

The Small Business Administration’s SBIR program encourages U.S. small businesses to engage in federal research and development (R&D) that has potential for commercialization. Its mission is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy.

Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program

The Small Business Administration’s STTR program funds collaborative efforts between small businesses and research institutions with the goal of transferring technologies and products from the laboratory to the marketplace.

Title XVII Innovative Clean Energy Loan Guarantee Program

Renewable Energy Research and Development (R&D) was established as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, this program helps stimulate the financing of ground-breaking energy efficiency, renewable energy, and advanced transmission and distribution projects.

DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office (R&D Grants)

WETO encourages the growth of these technologies is by offering competitive Funding Opportunity Announcements for their development and demonstration. WETO supports high-impact projects that can significantly advance its mission to help industry develop more efficient wind-energy technologies that help America lower the cost of wind-energy.

DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

ARPA-E funds short-term, technology-focused, applied renewable energy research and development (R&D) organizations aimed at creating real-world solutions to important problems in energy creation, distribution, and use.

DOE Office of Indian Energy

The Office of Indian Energy provides financial assistance, including grants and technical assistance, to federally recognized tribal governments and Alaska Native corporations to develop and deploy renewable energy projects on tribal lands.

DOE Office of Technology Transitions Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF)

The TCF is a nearly $30 million funding opportunity that leverages funding in the applied energy programs to mature promising energy technologies with the potential for high impact across DOE's Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RDD&D) Continuum.

DOE Vouchers to Support Organizations to Accelerate Clean Energy Technology Adoption

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), in collaboration with the Offices of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED), Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), and Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), today announced 111 entities to receive support in advancing their clean energy technologies, valued at $9.8M. The in-kind commercialization support will be provided by 33 supporting organizations in the form of DOE-funded vouchers.

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Funding

The U.S. Department of Energy’s have released funding opportunities to support foundational research and spur innovation and development.

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