These research projects fall into the following categories:

  • Grand Challenge Projects: These long-term projects are the core-business of the institute, tackling the National Water and Energy Security Grand Challenges.
  • Seed Projects: The seed fund program supports innovative, early-stage research. These are 9 projects. They explore new ideas and open new avenues of research, which have strong potential for advancing QEERI’s Grand Challenge projects and for attracting external funding and strategic partnerships.
  • Sponsored Projects: These are externally funded projects, tackling topics relevant to energy and environment.

Our research is carried out by top scientists in the following groups:

  • Solar Energy
  • Energy Storage
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Water Desalination and Treatment
  • Environment and Chemical Sciences
  • Climate Change and Atmospheric Science


  • heory, Modeling and Simulation
  • Imaging, Characterization and Analytics
  • Measurements and Analytics
  • Inspiration Science (Exoplanets)