Working with Us
NREL offers industry, university, and other government agencies opportunities to leverage our research expertise. Working with outside organizations is the key to moving advanced solar technologies into the clean energy market. There are many ways to work with NREL's solar radiation research program.
Developing Technology Partnerships
NREL offers a variety of technology partnership agreements to help you gain access to our research expertise. You can:
Work collaboratively with us on a research project through a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA)
Pay us to conduct research without your collaboration through work for others (WFOs) or sponsored research, such as an analytical services agreement (ASA). These options are effective ways for industry to make good use of NREL's expertise and unique research facilities
Submit a proposal in response to any active solicitation for assisting NREL with a solar radiation research R&D activity
Work with NREL researchers through mentored research internships for undergraduate and graduate students.
Licensing Our Technology
Your company can license any available patented technology. For more information, see a list of solar technologies available for licensing.
Using Our Facilities
NREL's Solar Radiation Research Laboratory, Metrology Laboratory, and Optical Metrology Laboratory are available to industry, university, and government researchers for collaborative research. We can provide experienced research staff to help conduct testing, or you can perform testing on your own.
Please contact us if you would like to explore collaborative research opportunities.
Please note that a collaborative research opportunity does not include postdoctoral researchers, research associates, internships, or other forms of employment. Learn more about NREL's employment programs for postdoctoral researchers, research associates, and interns.