The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks partnerships to research and develop energy efficient building technologies, including advanced lighting, heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), building envelope (walls and roof), windows, water heating, appliances, and sensors and controls. Some partnership opportunities are described below.
Manufacturers and other developers of building energy efficient technologies are encouraged to apply to one of our funding solicitations, called funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), which are posted on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange. Interested industries may also consider partnering with one of the DOE-supported national laboratories (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, etc.) to jointly develop market-ready products through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs). Please consult with the individual labs to determine their procedures for initiating and developing CRADAs.
Like manufacturers, university faculties are encouraged to apply for FOAs posted on the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange. Faculty interested in applying to one of the FOAs should note the Emerging Technologies team goal of enabling energy efficient technologies that are within 5 years of commercialization. Fundamental research is not considered part of the Emerging Technologies mission.
The DOE supports student involvement in the development of innovative technologies, not only to carry out projects supported by FOAs, but also through opportunities such as the Max Tech and Beyond: Ultra-Low Energy Use Appliance Design Competition and the Graduate Fellows Program.