- Critical Minerals
Reserved for Energy
The vision of the Carbon Ore, Rare Earth, and Critical Minerals (CORE-CM) Initiative is to catalyze regional economic growth and job creation by realizing the full potential value of natural resources, such as coal, across the U.S. It has been designed to address the upstream and midstream CMM supply chain and the downstream manufacturing of valuable, nonfuel, carbon-based products, to accelerate the realization of full potential for unconventional and secondary sources of CMM and carbon ore across the U.S. Feedstocks that could be considered for domestic production to enhance national and economic security of CMM include fossil fuel energy waste streams, such as coal waste and by-products, oil and gas produced waters, mineral mines tailings, and brines produced as part of carbon sequestration efforts. They can also be used as sources of carbon for production of high-value, nonfuel, CBP.
The primary objective of this anticipated funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to competitively award research and development projects to coalition teams that consist of partners such as private industry; university; local, state, and federal government; local communities; and Indian Tribes who will develop and implement strategies that enable each specific U.S. region to realize its full economic potential for producing CMM and high-value, nonfuel, carbon-based products by:
- Completing CORE-CM regional assessments to understand CMM resource potential.
- Formulate and implement strategies to integrate and leverage regional infrastructure, industries, and businesses to spur economic growth by utilizing the regions’ CMM and carbon ore resources and waste streams. This includes formulating strategies that address regional infrastructure needs, economic challenges, and supply chain gaps.
- Formulate and implement research strategies to incorporate CORE-CM data to fill technology gaps, including leveraging existing state of the art extraction and separations technologies.
- Develop and implement plans for stakeholder outreach and education that are necessary to support CORE-CM economic development activities across a given region, with particular focus on community and environmental justice and meaningful tribal engagement.
- Prepare and start implementing a workforce development plan for the training of the next generation of technicians, skilled workers, and STEM professions for securing domestic CMM and component production.
- Develop and start implementing plans for technology innovation centers that will be operated by regional-specific public-private partnerships to provide a centralized and consistent platform to develop and validate CORE-CM technologies.
- Collaborate on working groups and with adjacent regions which may have similar CMM, access to technologies, transportation, and infrastructure.
- Contribute to a U.S. nationwide prospectus on critical minerals from unconventional resources.
Geographical areas of interest include regions across the nation:
- Eastern Coastal (including Puerto Rico),
- Appalachian Mountain,
- Upper Midwest and Illinois Basin,
- Great Plains and Interior Highlands,
- Gulf Coast, Texas, and Permian Basin,
- Rocky Mountain,
- Pacific Coast and Basin and Range (including Hawaii), and
- Alaska and Pacific Northwest.
This Notice of Intent (NOI) is issued so that interested parties are aware of DOE’s intention to issue a FOA in the near term. Any and/or all information contained in this NOI is subject to change. Applications are not being accepted at this time. DOE may issue a FOA as described in the NOI; may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described in the NOI; or may not issue a FOA at all.