The ESIF allows visiting researchers access to its premier laboratories in support of research and development that aims to optimize our entire energy system at full power.
Designated as an official U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) user facility, the ESIF's scientific capabilities—researchers, instruments and facilities—are available for use by the global research community. The ESIF houses an unparalleled collection of state-of-the-art capabilities to study clean energy technologies at all scales—from developing and validating individual appliances or components to running megawatt-sized grid simulations.
Requests for access to the ESIF are accepted on an ongoing basis, depending on availability. Various types of solicitations for proposals are posted throughout the year, including those that align with specific areas of interest at the ESIF. See below for current opportunities and instructions to request access to the ESIF.
Calls for Proposals
Non-NREL parties selected to work onsite at the ESIF are required to enter into a partnering agreement. Please view NREL's Technology Partnership Agreements page for additional information on agreement types.
Non-NREL parties must also adhere to all onboarding and training requirements to access the laboratory. Learn more about NREL's site security procedures.
Every individual using the ESIF must be approved by DOE. Funding and/or citizens from sensitive countries as regarded by the United States might not be eligible.
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