Become a Member

In September 2018, NETL has directed Penn State to stop the review of new member applications and move forward with the currentĀ member universities in the UCFER program due to the limited budget. Therefore, no new member applications will be accepted at this time.


A University Coalition for Basic and Applied Fossil Energy Research and Development (UCFER) was established in 2015 to advance basic and applied fossil energy research through mechanisms that promote collaboration among the Department of Energy (DOE) and the universities that are members of the Coalition by the coordination of research and the sharing of data. Its collaborative research focuses on coal, natural gas, and oil and in five core competencies: