The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Postdoctoral Research Awards support EERE's mission in energy efficiency and renewable energy by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.




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The objective of the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards is to support scientific leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy by attracting the best scientists and engineers to pursue breakthrough technologies in a highly prestigious postdoctoral research program. To meet this objective, EERE Research Participants will have access to unique education and training opportunities, top scientists in their field, and state-of-the-art projects and equipment. As a result, innovative technologies will be developed that will have a real impact on the economy by providing energy efficient and affordable technologies; in the environment by providing clean energy technologies; and in the quality of life for all Americans by enhancing their energy choices.



The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) works to strengthen the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships. EERE's research and development mission is supported by a portfolio of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

    Research opportunities will be awarded to qualified applicants to work on collaborative applied research of mutual interest to the applicant, the host facility, and the EERE Program sponsoring the award.

    The award will provide allowances for health insurance and research-related expenses, and limited reimbursement for relocation expenses. An annual meeting for participants will be organized and hosted by EERE. The EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards are administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) in collaboration with EERE. ORISE is responsible for the implementation of the program, processing applications, the review and notification processes, and management of payments to participants.

    Former participants of the EERE Postdoctoral Research Award Program are now faculty and staff scientists a major research institutions and national laboratories. It is the expectation that participants will go on to permanent staff positions in academia, at national laboratories, or in industry upon completion of their appointment.


    Current and Former EERE Postdoctoral Research Awardees


    Research Site Locations for Current and Former EERE Postdoctoral Awards