U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Funding Futures Webinar Series: Unlocking Opportunities with the American-Made MSI Contract Readiness Prize
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Accelerating Contract Readiness for Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)

Get ready to dive into an exciting webinar series tailored to equip America's top researchers, faculty, and university leaders with the skills to successfully engage in business with the world's largest purchaser of goods and services - the federal government!

This series is designed specifically for the diverse array of institutions that form the backbone of our nation's leading network of inclusive colleges and universities. Join us as we navigate the landscape of federal contracting with the U.S. Department of Energy, uncovering the essentials for cultivating a sustainable revenue stream in collaboration with a key federal agency. VentureWell and our partners are committed to assisting emerging research institutions by enhancing their contract readiness to increase revenue streams and elevate their engagement within STEM ecosystems.

Through interactive learning sessions, participants learn about key aspects of federal procurement, capability statement development, DOE contract forecasting, compliance requirements, and navigating the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), System for Award Management (SAM.gov), and Department of Energy Acquisition Regulations (DEAR).

Participating in the webinar will prepare institutions for the American-Made MSI Contract Readiness Prize, which offers up to $300K. This opportunity is designed to enhance the DOE-contract readiness of HBCUs, TCUs, and other MSIs. In addition to strengthening contract-winning capabilities, the prize aims to foster a sustainable funding source by guiding universities and colleges in successfully securing federal contracts.

Secure your spot in each webinar today! Seize this invaluable opportunity to discover new revenue streams for your institution.

VentureWell encourages participation from Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and  Minority Serving Institutions designations that include Hispanic-serving institutions, Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions, Predominantly Black Institutions, and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions.

Click here to learn more about the American-Made MSI Contract Readiness Prize.

Part 1: Federal Contracting Basics
June 26, 2024; 3:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. CT

Foundational knowledge for successful entry into the world of federal contracts, with a focus on SAM.gov, FAR and DOE DEAR.

Part 2: Create a Winning Capability Statement
July 24, 2024; 3:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. CT

The essential elements of a compelling capability statement, offering practical tips to assess the institution's expertise to stand out in a competitive field.

Part 3: DOE Contact Forecasting & DOE Resources
August 28, 2024; 3:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. CT

Basic steps to learn why forecasting helps institutions build their contract pipeline by identifying upcoming contract opportunities. Includes an overview on key resources such as DOE Acquisition Forecast, DOE Office of Economic Impact & Diversity, DOE OSDBU and DOE federal labs.


Part 4: Win the Bid - The DOE Contract Landscape
September 18, 2024; 3:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. CT

The essentials of the bidding process, from understanding DOE's procurement requirements to crafting competitive proposals.


We are also offering weekly office hours Fridays between June 28 - September 27 where institutions will receive guidance on submission requirements for the American-Made Contract Readiness Prize. During office hours we will answer questions about the Prize, offer personalized application support and feedback, and connect institutions to regional workshops, trainings, and federal centers focused on contract readiness. Click here to sign up for office hours.