Become a reviewer! Help select hydrogen and fuel cell R&D investments

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) relies on a diverse pool of subject matter experts to review applications for federal funding programs.

HFTO strives to grow our reviewer database of subject matter experts to review the merit of applications for federal funding opportunities and ongoing projects. You could be exactly who we are looking for!

HFTO is looking for reviewers with knowledge and expertise in—but not limited to—the following areas:

  • Hydrogen production, storage, and delivery technologies
  • Hydrogen fuel cell technologies
  • Hydrogen and energy infrastructure
  • Integrated energy systems
  • Manufacturing of fuel cells, electrolyzers, and other clean-hydrogen systems
  • Recycling and recovery of fuel cells, electrolyzers, and other clean-hydrogen systems
  • System integration
  • Analysis (techno-economic, financial, and market)
  • Hydrogen pilots and demonstrations
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (including equity-, labor-, and community-focused system design)
  • Safety, codes and standards. 

We highly encourage submissions from candidates in historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business, and entrepreneurship. We also encourage submissions from individuals at minority-serving institutions, historically black colleges and universities, minority business enterprises, minority-owned businesses, woman-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses, or entities located in underserved communities.

HFTO may provide an honorarium for reviewers' time and expert feedback. While the timeline for review is rigid, reviewers are generally able to complete their reviews at times that fit with their schedule. Participation on a merit review panel may also include travel for in-person meetings.

To apply to be an HFTO reviewer, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange Registration page and select the orange "New External User (Applicant or Reviewer)" button.
  2. You will be prompted to enter the email address and password affiliated with your account. If you do not have a account, click the "Create an account" button farther down the web page. You will need a profile to access EERE Exchange.
  3. Once you have successfully signed in to EERE Exchange, under "Reviewer Registration," complete the following sections:
    1. General Information: Provide your contact information, resume, link to your LinkedIn profile or similar online resource, and answer a few questions about your background.
    2. Account Information: Create your account username and password.
    3. Primary Area of Expertise: Select "Hydrogen and Fuel Cells" as your primary area of expertise.
    4. Additional Areas of Expertise: Please select any sub-areas of expertise you have under the "Hydrogen and Fuel Cells" category to help HFTO identify specific opportunities for you.
    5. Functional Areas of Expertise: If you have Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expertise, this section allows you to include this in your profile.
    6. Education and Experience: Add your education, organizational affiliations, awards, and publications.
  4. Check the box to certify that the information provided is accurate and complete.
  5. Select the "Complete Reviewer Registration" button.

You can express your interest at any time. HFTO will contact reviewers with relevant expertise based on the needs of specific programs and funding solicitations.

You can visit our closed funding opportunities page to see past solicitations that have been evaluated by HFTO reviewers. You can also view examples of reviewer feedback from the DOE Hydrogen Program's 2021 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation.

Reach out to with any questions.