Industrial Assessment Centers Technical Field Manager

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program is a resource conservation and workforce development initiative of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) based in the engineering departments of colleges and universities nationwide. IACs conduct assessments and provide site-specific recommendations to small manufacturers on opportunities to improve productivity, reduce waste, and save energy. The program also provides engineering students with invaluable hands-on experience in energy engineering and energy management. 

The IACs were formerly known as Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Centers and were created by the Department of Commerce in 1976 in response to the oil embargo and rising energy costs. Historically, the centers have focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturing facilities cut back on unnecessary costs from inefficient energy use. The IACs were moved to the Department of Energy just after the DOE was formed in 1978 and later expanded the scope of the assessments to include evaluations of ineffective production procedures, excess waste production, and other production-related problems. Currently the IAC program is administered through the Advanced Manufacturing Office under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy. Additional information on the IAC program can be found at the following link:

The IAC Technical Field Manager plays a critical role in the IAC program. The Technical Field Manager is the liaison between the AMO Program Manager and the individual Centers, provides technical assistance and outreach to individual centers, and is the principle mechanism for ensuring the 28 individual IACs and their associated satellite centers perform at the highest possible level and that their activities support the achievement of AMO goals. 

EERE will only consider one Full Application per institution of higher education. 


  • Duke Internal: Jan. 6. 2017
  • Letter of Intent: Jan. 10, 2017
  • Application: Feb. 14, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Only the following entities are eligible to apply for funding as Prime Recipients under this FOA:

U.S. college or school of engineering that is an integral part of its institutional structure and that has at least one of its four year undergraduate programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission or the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or equivalent. The Technical Field Manager must be located in the engineering department that holds the programmatic ABET or equivalent accreditation. The U.S. college or school of engineering must be physically located in the U.S. 

U.S. colleges or schools of engineering that currently have an Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) award from DOE are eligible to apply to this announcement and can also receive the Technical Field Manager award. In this circumstance, the application must clearly identify how the Applicant intends to separate the functions of the IAC and the Technical Field Manager so that each can effectively and independently perform their functions and avoid any conflicts of interest. 



Amount Description

EERE expects to make approximately $5,000,000 of Federal funding available for the new award under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. EERE anticipates making one award under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may vary between $4,000,000 and $5,000,000.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN)

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

January 6, 2017

External Deadline

February 14, 2017