Corporate Researchers

A Corporate Laboratory for DOE's Fossil Energy R&D

NETL’s total onsite research staff consists of approximately 400 federal and contractor personnel located at three sites. More than 100 of those personnel are scientists and engineers conducting hands-on research in NETL’s laboratories. Through our partnerships with the NETL Regional University Alliance, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) program, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) program, and the National Research Council research associate program, about 450 university undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and researchers join our federal researchers as part of the multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational research teams designed to address fossil energy issues. Supplemental research support is also provided by NETL’s site support contractor, URS.

In addition to contractors and university collaborations, our onsite research efforts employ strategic regional, national, and international partnerships with other academia, national laboratories, government organizations, and the private sector to speed technology discovery, development.


Regional, National and International Partnerships


Use-inspired R&D conducted by these national collaborations is focused on:

  • Bridging the gap between scientific discovery and engineering implementation
  • Providing the basis for the nation’s technical and economic advantage in clean energy systems through effective technology transfer