Exploring Creative Energy Solutions

The Duke University Energy Initiative encompasses a wide range of energy-related research activities undertaken by Duke faculty, students and research staff. These activities range from projects by individual investigators to projects partnering Duke research units with outside research institutions, corporations, government and non-governmental organizations. Through its multi-disciplinary approach, the Initiative encourages problem-centered collaborations that draw from the breadth of Duke’s expertise to make progress on our greatest energy challenges.



  • Energy faculty and staff: Browse or search a listing of approximately 130 people who are currently engaged in energy research and/or instruction at Duke.
  • Research Connect: Duke staff and students may log in to search opportunities for research collaboration.



  • Energy Research Seed Fund: Duke faculty and staff who hope to launch new energy research projects may apply for seed funding from the Energy Initiative. Grants are awarded annually.
  • Energy Research Seminar Series: Apply for funding from the Energy Initiative to support lectures on recent energy research by faculty, researchers and students from Duke and other universities. Grants are awarded throughout the academic year.
  • External funding through Pivot: Search this robust database of global funding opportunities for a wide range of research projects, where you can save customized searches and set up email alerts when matching funding opportunities are listed. For Duke students, faculty and staff only. Registration required using a email address.


Programs and Projects



  • Energy Research Seminar Series: This series, held jointly with other university seminar series, provides a forum for faculty, researchers and students from Duke and other universities to learn about and receive feedback on new scholarly energy research.
  • Energy Research Collaboration Workshops: Duke energy faculty, staff and students present their latest work in a day of presentations, panel discussions and short sketches.