CMI name changes as DOE announces new framework for critical materials

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a new framework for critical materials at the federal level that includes the Energy Innovation Hub led by Ames National Laboratory. Going forward, the Critical Materials Institute will be known as the Critical Materials Innovation Hub. CMI has a refreshed mission to accelerate the development of critical material technologies and enhance the innovation pipeline for U.S. supply chains by accelerating research, educating a diverse workforce, and creating de-risked, commercial-ready technologies in partnership with American industry. CMI will establish a new project portfolio around four research focus areas: Enhancing and Diversifying Supply; Developing Substitutes; Building a Circular Economy; and Crosscutting Research. By serving as an innovation engine and convener for shared ideas and best practices, CMI will have a key role in the newly announced Critical Materials Collaborative (CMC). DOE also announced the intent to fund up to $10 million to establish a Critical Materials Accelerator Program. This is in addition to the announcement earlier this month of a Critical Materials funding opportunity announcement through Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM).

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