A complete application consists of:
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Documents sent by email, postal mail, or fax will not be considered.
If you have questions, please send an email to DOE-RPP@orau.org. Please list the reference code for this opportunity in the subject line of your email.
The purpose of the Solar Energy Innovators Program is to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by electric utilities, energy service providers, and electric public utility commissions (PUCs) as the deployment of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs), increase on the electrical grid.
Selected applicants, referred to as “Innovators” herein, will be a research participant for up to two years at a Host Institution on one or more topics related to the integration of solar energy. The Applicant to this program is the prospective Innovator. The applicant must identify a Host Institution and potential mentor at a utility, energy service provider, or PUC currently conducting research in an area related to the integration of solar energy onto the electricity grid. DOE nor ORISE will match Applicants with Host Institutions. Host Institutions may seek potential Innovators that are eligible to apply to the program, but it is the potential Innovator, not the Host Institution or mentor, who submits the application and supporting materials to this site.
Eligible applicants include recent Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate graduates, as well as applicants with technical or research post-degree experience in a field related to the application of solar integration.
Host Institutions can be:
For a list of electric public utility commissions, electric utilities, and energy service providers visit http://www.orau.gov/stri/solar_innovators_2018.pdf.
Host Institutions are expected to commit to providing a mentor for the Innovator, as well as workspace, equipment, and resources needed for the Innovator to conduct his or her research. To assist in securing a host facility, please share the following document with potential hosts. This document summarizes program details, benefits, and key dates. Visit https://www.orau.gov/stri/solar_energy_innovators_program_host_letter.pdf to access.
The Solar Energy Innovators Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technology Office (SETO). For more information about SETO, visit https://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-initiative.
Appointments are for up to two years with a desired appointment start date of April 1, 2018. The initial appointment period is one year. Extension of the appointment will be subject to satisfactory progress toward completion of the project goals and availability of funds. Final decisions regarding the extension of the appointment for a second year will be made by SETO in consultation with the Host Institution.
Stipends will be based on appointment level and commensurate with qualifications:
Participants will be eligible to receive an allowance of up to $10,000 for education and/or scientific activities, health insurance supplement, and possible relocation travel up to $5,000.
The appointment is full-time and cannot be supplemented with additional salary from the Host Institution.
Nature of Appointment
The participant will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOE, or the Host Institution. Instead, the participant will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE letter of appointment and Terms of Appointment.
Be a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) at the time of application. Evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted to ORISE at the time the appointment is accepted. Applicants must: