Research Center Affiliate Program
The Research Centers of the UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute (EEI) are a nexus for some of the most important developments in the rapidly evolving field of energy and energy efficiency. The California Lighting Technology Center, Western Cooling Efficiency Center, and Center for Water-Energy Efficiency conduct research, development, and demonstration projects, and support educational programs for students and professionals. Faculty and staff also work with legislative leaders and regulatory agencies to advance energy policy.
Each center is guided by a steering committee made up of representatives from government, utilities, and industry. This program leverages core funding from Affiliates to obtain significant grants by using it as match funding on state and federal proposals.
This funding also maintains state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment, allows recruitment and retention of top research talent, and provides funding to seed new projects and take advantage of emerging opportunities.
Importantly, the Affiliate Program exposes students to member companies through work and internship opportunities, creating a pipeline of trained engineers and designers familiar with Affiliates and their technologies.
To participate, companies make an annual unrestricted membership gift to one or more centers and are eligible to propose separate technical service agreements and/ or research agreements that address specific affiliate interests.
Each center steering committee meets annually to discuss recent achievements, suggest new priorities, objectives, projects, research topics, etc. and have focused, solution-driven dialogue
Priority Access to Events
Each center has a tight-knit network of industry thought leaders. Our workshops are limited in size (unless directly funded) and our affiliate members receive a number of priority reservations for each workshop.
Collaborate on Projects
Our researchers respond to several calls for proposals every year to state, federal, and private entities to pursue innovative and applied research. Affiliates have opportunities to collaborate on proposed projects.
Opportunity to Write and Present
As an academic institution, our researchers and faculty have unique access to insights and new research findings, as well as to in-depth knowledge of the technical field. Affiliates have the advantage of many opportunities for engagement throughout the year. Each center also places an emphasis on educational opportunities for stakeholders on new standards, practices, etc.
Access to Our Network
As an academic institution, our researchers and faculty have unique access to insights and newly published research findings, as well as to in-depth knowledge of the technical field. Affiliates have the advantage of many opportunities for engagement throughout the year. The center also places an emphasis on educational opportunities for stakeholders on new standards, practices, etc.
- Industry advice and priority access to center faculty and staff
- Two invitations to our annual Global Energy Manager’s Workshop
- Early access to center webinars (2-3/year)
- Logo recognition on center website
- Assistance with hosting meetings at campus facilities
- Opportunities to post student jobs and internships on center website.
Your Membership Supports Us
We rely exclusively on project-based funding and sponsorships to achieve our mission and objectives.
Your support allows us to:
- Provide seed funding for new projects to take advantage of emerging opportunities
- Ensure our research is published and widely disseminated for the largest impact
- Engage on important research topics while seeking funding opportunities, and
- Recruit and retain top research talent
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Energy and Efficiency Institute
Associate Director of External Relations
Energy and Efficiency Institute