PRIMRE/STEM/Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC)/FAQs

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U.S. Department of Energy Marine Energy Collegiate Competition (MECC)

Marine Energy Collegiate Competition FAQs

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The following FAQs are provided for teams and anyone interested in the U.S. Department of Energy's Marine Energy Collegiate Competition .


Question: How thorough does our design concept need to be for the application?

Answer: The application does not require any description of the team's design, and reviewers will not be considering this in their team selections.

Question: Do we have to have our team fully formed for the application?

Answer: Team members can be added at any point throughout the competition, and it is not expected that the team will be completely solidified at the time of application submittal.

Question: Can faculty submit an application if students and team leads have not been identified?

Answer: Yes. If students have not committed to participate yet, faculty can submit the application but should be sure to describe how they intend to recruit.


Question: Can foreign institutions receive funds through a partner U.S. institute?

Answer: Upon selection of teams, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will execute a subcontract with U.S. lead institutes only. It is beyond the scope of DOE's concern whether eligible participants partner with outside institutions.

Question: How can teams get additional funding to support their participation?

Answer: Teams are encouraged to search for industry sponsors, engage in fundraising activities, or research opportunities for funding within their schools.

Team Membership

Question: Can a postdoctoral researcher be in the team or serve as an advisor?

Answer: The student teams can only consist of undergraduate, graduate, and PhD candidates. Postdoctoral researchers can serve in an advisory role, but it is expected that the student team completes the deliverables as detailed in the Rules & Requirements document.

Question: How multidisciplinary is a successful applicant team? Are you looking for business majors, or are engineers with business experience okay?

Answer: The criteria for selection has a 25% weighting assigned to team diversity and inclusivity. Competition organizers strongly encourage diverse participation across academic disciplines.

Question: Do faculty advisors have to be from the lead institution, or they could be part of the partner institutions?

Answer: Faculty advisors can be from any of the institutions participating on a team.

Business Plan and Technical Design

Question: Does the target market have to be a community located in the United States?

Answer: The target market does not have to be located in the United States, and teams are welcome to explore markets around the globe.

Question: Who will own the copyright to the final report?

Answer: NREL will make the final reports public through the Marine Energy Collegiate Competition website , and teams are welcome to redact any information they do not want public. There is no copyright ownership.

Optional Build and Test Challenge

Question: Can we apply through TEAMER to have access to a testing facility?

Answer: Yes! The next TEAMER application period will open in November and is a great way to obtain access to testing facilities.

Community Outreach and Engagement

Question: Does the required community outreach have to be focused in the United States?

Answer: No. Community outreach and engagement can take place anywhere in the world.

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