For Industry and Non-Profits

The Nelson Institute’s Energy Analysis and Policy (EAP) program uniquely brings together personnel  from multiple departments and colleges on campus. EAP cultivates a wide-range of engagements with businesses and NGOs. Contact Dr. Paul Meier at to discuss how EAP faculty, staff, and students can be engaged to address strategic questions at your organization.

Service Client Partners

Fee-for-service projects connect students and faculty with public- and private-sector partners to collaboratively address real-world energy problems. These service agreements are performed at market-competitive rates, generating needed revenue for faculty research, EAP program activities, the Nelson Institute, and the educational mission of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Examples include:

  • Earth Justice (Project Lead Tracey Holloway) is working with EAP to examine multi-pollutant strategies to improve both air quality and climate change.

Sponsored Research Partners


EAP faculty conduct traditional grant-sponsored research with a wide range of businesses, government agencies, and NGOs.

  • If you already have identified the EAP faculty or staff person you are interested in working with, you may reach out to them directly to initiate a dialog.
  • We can also help you arrange initial calls or with prospective EAP researchers. Depending on your needs, the collaboration can take many forms and may involve additional resources.
  • To make connections beyond the EAP program, please consider contacting the Office of Business Engagement to navigate the path for conducting sponsored research.

Student Capstone Partners

EAP Capstone projects apply students’ interdisciplinary learning to an issue of real-world significance.

  • Each spring, students work in small teams on issues supplied by real-world clients.
  • EAP Capstone clients have included Fortune 500 companies, state government agencies, municipal governments, research laboratories, think tanks, non-profit organizations, and campus facilities.