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The Center for Advanced Energy Studies is a research, education, and innovation consortium that brings together students and faculty from the public research universities in Idaho and Wyoming and Idaho National Laboratory researchers to conduct cutting-edge energy research, educate the next generation of scientists, and collaborate with industry to advance competitiveness.

Around the World Tours

These annual tours allow faculty, students, and researchers the opportunity to visit CAES consortium locations, tour facilities, and make connections with other consortium members. read more

CAES Annual Pitch Event

CAES launched this annual competition in summer 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, to promote the innovation pillar outlined in the CAES Strategy, although the event combines elements of all 3 CAES strategy pillars — research, education, and innovation. Everyone in the CAES community is ... read more

CAES-INL Collaboration Fund

The annual collaboration fund is designed to provide funding to selected proposals by Idaho National Laboratory researchers that would enhance collaborative relationships with CAES universities, in line with the CAES strategic plan. The goal is to establish and foster relationships between the ... read more

CAES Currents

An engaging panel discussion held in response to global events, CAES Currents provides a forum for students, researchers, and the public to gain insight into the event, discover opportunities, and increase dialogue among CAES affiliates leading to further collaboration and education. The panel ... read more

CAES Energy Efficiency Research Institute (CEERI)

The mission of CEERI is to promote the effective and efficient use of energy resources through cutting-edge research, effective outreach, and accessible education. read more

CAES Fellows

Launched in early 2020, this initiative provides recognition, resources, and opportunities to a diverse cohort of INL researchers, staff, and academic faculty who are engaged and recognized leaders in the CAES community, active in a CAES focus area, and share the collaborative spirit that ... read more

2022 CAES Summer Visiting Faculty Program

The primary objective of this 12-week program is to support and guide faculty from Boise State University, Idaho State University and University of Idaho in the development of a submission-ready research proposal in collaboration with a researcher at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), who will ... read more

CAES Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP)

C-TAP is a business portal that provides fast, innovative solutions to complex technical problems facing local and regional businesses. A key component is the engagement of students, who work closely with faculty and staff in the problem-solving process, gaining real-world work experience. read more

CAES Tours

Tours of the CAES facility and demonstrations in the Applied Visualization Laboratory can be arranged through the INL Tours office. Please contact read more

Codebreaker Seminar Series

This monthly seminar provides a forum for students and researchers to address their work, communicate opportunities and challenges to a receptive audience, and increase dialogue among CAES affiliates leading to further interdisciplinary collaborations and new ground-breaking research. ... read more


This annual training is designed to help participants learn practices that are proven to help develop new ideas, create winning proposals, and ensure research being conducted at the CAES entities has a tangible, positive impact in alignment with the innovation pillar outlined in the CAES Strategy. read more

Director's Colloquium

The annual CAES Director's Colloquium is designed to promote open dialogue between world-class speakers and the public in a community setting that provides insight into research activities, current events, best practices, and career and life journeys. read more

The CAES Energy Policy Institute (EPI)

EPI informs on all aspects of energy system change with timely and impactful analysis, advising, convening and neutral facilitation, as well as training to advance policy-relevant decision-making. Go to EPI's web site for more information. read more

INL Graduate Fellowships

The INL Graduate Fellowship program, a collaboration between INL and universities, provides access to unique and state-of-the-art facilities and capabilities. INL is committed to integrating students with projects at the laboratory to fulfill their thesis research requirements. ... read more

INL Internships

Growing the talent pipeline involves providing high school students, undergraduate, and graduate students paid internship opportunities to work on specific projects and apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education concepts in a real-world setting. ... read more

Joint Appointment

The Joint Appointment program provides a unique opportunity for collaboration between university faculty and INL staff by bridging academic and government projects in a peer-to-peer group research environment. read more

Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS) Suite

The Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS) is a state-of-the-art materials characterization laboratory that provides cross-cutting capabilities that support the Center for Advanced Energy Studies' (CAES) mission in multiple initiative areas. MaCS is largely made possible through its ... read more

My Amazing Future (K-12)

Held annually, My Amazing Future is an INL program that offers eighth-grade young women a day long glimpse into potential careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). CAES hosts hands-on experiences in our laboratories. read more

Proposal Writing Support

The CAES team provides assistance to researchers - from identifying calls for proposals, interpreting expectations, writing the proposal, to submission. Coordination with your home institution is also available. read more


CAES roundtables are held throughout the year, organized by the CAES Associate Directors to envision research awards, which are defined as multi-institution, multi-investigator awards of $2M to $4M annually for a 4- to 5-year period of performance. The approach is to gather thought leaders ... read more

Seed Grants (ISU)

Idaho State University provides seed funding to selected CAES projects led by ISU researchers. Grants distributed in FY20: ISU PI ISU Department ISU co-PIs University co-PIs INL co-PI Project Rodriguez, Rene Chemistry   Kris Campbell, BSU Mary Case, Robert ... read more

The Idaho Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (ISTPF)

The Idaho Science and Technology Policy Fellowship (ISTPF) program is a collaborative effort among the CAES universities: University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University. Modeled after the national American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellowship ... read more

Working Groups

These groups catalyze a community of researchers in each strategic focus area (Nuclear Energy; Energy-Water Nexus; Cybersecurity; Advanced Manufacturing; Innovative Energy Systems; Energy Policy; and Computing, Data, and Visualization), leading to new collaborations, external funding ... read more


CAES workshops are vital to building a community of researchers capable of addressing grand challenges in each of the seven focus areas identified in the CAES Strategy (LINK TO STRATEGY PAGE). One goal of workshop events is to create communities of practice by providing networking ... read more