The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office sponsors the Solar Energy Innovators Program (SEI) to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by public utility commissions, utilities, and grid operators as the levels of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs), increase on the electrical grid. Selected applicants, referred to as “Innovators” herein, will participate for up to two years at a Host Institution on one or more topics related to the integration of solar energy with the electric grid. Additional information about SEI can be found at: https://orise.orau.gov/solar-innovators/index.html.
Stipends are based on appointment level and commensurate with qualifications:
Level 1: Participants with a Bachelor’s degree will receive a stipend starting at $40,000.
Level 2: Participants with a Ph.D. or J.D. will receive a stipend starting at $70,000. Participants with a Master’s degree will start at $55,000.
Level 3: The stipend amount will be based on the Level 2 rate plus a factor for years of relevant experience after the receipt of the degree.
Additionally, 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.
ORISE is continuing normal program operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity will be offered as long as the Host Institution is able to complete the onboarding process and ensure a meaningful experience to participants. We encourage you to apply and submit your application as soon as possible.
The application deadline is September 30, 2021, at 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone.
Additional information and the application can be found at https://zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-EERE-RPP-SETO-2021-2103. If you have any questions, please contact Cedricka Harris at DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov.