University Partnerships Program
At NREL, we seek to build and strengthen collaboration with universities around the world on cutting-edge research.
By partnering with leading universities and research institutions, we leverage our scientific knowledge and state-of-the-art facilities to solve complex, multidisciplinary challenges in energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, renewable power technologies, and grid integration.
Working hand in hand with universities across all of the technical disciplines at NREL, we aim to:
Enhance research collaboration between NREL and universities through joint appointments, funding proposals, publications, and research facilities.
Foster the exchange of ideas to expand research capabilities that lead to scientific breakthroughs and global recognition.
Attract rising stars in scientific and engineering disciplines who can gain experience and training at NREL's world-class research facilities.
Create pathways for graduate and undergraduate students—as well as postdoctoral researchers—to work jointly with NREL scientists and university professors to pursue innovative research leading to joint publications, funding, and career advancement.
Explore new ways to engage with a range of educational institutions to broaden the reach of NREL's engagement.
Learn more about global research collaborations, including joint institutes.
Opportunities at NREL for University Engagement
Postdoctoral researchers at NREL have the opportunity to receive advanced training from a mentor and to enhance their professional skills during an appointment.
The Director's Fellowship program attracts exceptionally qualified scientists and engineers with outstanding credentials in renewable energy research and related disciplines.
NREL offers several internship opportunities to full-time undergraduate and graduate students.
Joint appointments are offered between NREL and universities to promote research and education in scientific, analytic, and technical fields.
NREL provides a unique opportunity for researchers worldwide to participate in a Research Exchange Program in which they collaborate with NREL on various projects as guest researchers.
Workforce Development Programs
NREL's Workforce Development Affiliate Programs provide additional pathways for students, faculty, and others to further their knowledge of and careers in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Arizona State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Colorado State University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Texas A&M University
University of Colorado
University of Connecticut
University of Illinois
University of Texas
Washington State University
Nexus is a joint initiative that strengthens, accelerates, and enhances collaborative efforts between NREL and the Colorado School of Mines.
Director, University Partnerships Program