Become an Affiliate

The Affiliated 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, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency, and Western Cooling Efficiency Center 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 familiar with Affiliates and their technologies.

To participate, companies make an annual unrestricted membership gift and are eligible to propose separate technical service agreements and/or research agreements that address specific Affiliate interests.

Center Affiliate Member Benefits


Center-Specific Steering Committee
One seat on the Center’s steering committee. Engage and network with other Affiliates and provide strategic guidance to Center leadership.

Access to Trained Personnel
Priority access to Center faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Customized Tour of Energy Research Facilities
Bring a group on a guided, insider’s tour of any of our specialized facilities.

On-site Demonstrations
Opportunity to provide an educational display from your company within our facilities.

Customized Recruitment
Opportunity to conduct targeted student interviews or recruitment sessions on campus.

Access to UC Davis Meeting Spaces
Assistance with hosting meetings at campus facilities.

Affiliates Forum
Two complimentary tickets to the annual Affiliates Forum.**

Early Access to White Papers
Receive early access to white papers before they are released to the general public.

Plus all benefits of being an Affiliate Supporter

Center Affiliate Supporter Benefits


Donor Listing
Recognition on the Center’s website and Affiliate Forum materials.

Exclusive participation in, and early access to, two Center-specific webinars each year.

Industry Advice
An annual phone call with Center faculty and researchers.

Student Recruitment
Opportunity to post jobs and internships on our website and student distribution lists.

Affiliates Forum
One complimentary ticket to the annual Affiliates Forum.**

Additional Opportunities

Student Fellowship $50,000

The fellowship will carry the company name and a student will be appointed to this fellowship for the academic year. The student will work, under faculty direction, on a project that is of interest to the company. The student will present his or her research to the company at the end of the academic year.

Leadership Sponsor $100,000

Leadership sponsors serve on the Energy and Efficiency Institute Board of Advisors—an outstanding network of executive-level thought-leaders, representing some of the largest investors in the energy industry. For more information, please see materials on the Leadership Sponsor Program.

Join us today

Lauren White
Associate Director
Office of Foundation and Corporate Giving, UC Davis

Benjamin Finkelor
Executive Director
Energy and Efficiency Institute,
UC Davis

* Pricing (>$10 million annual revenue)/Pricing (<$10 million annual revenue)

** The Affiliates Forum provides a unique opportunity to learn about the latest research and development and initiatives at UC Davis. Affiliates enjoy networking and exploring innovative solutions across energy sectors.