The Natural Gas Research Program invests $20 million a year to support projects that: 

  • Lower the cost and improve the performance of low-carbon gas products, infrastructure, and services.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from gas sources through increased efficiency.
  • Reduce vulnerabilities and fugitive methane emissions in gas infrastructure.
  • Drive customer adoption of energy-efficient and low-carbon technology solutions for gas end uses.
  • Minimize air quality impacts from gas use to zero or near-zero levels.
  • Advance gas pipeline and infrastructure safety.

These projects are geared toward improving entrepreneurial support; resiliency, health, and safety; building decarbonization; gas system decarbonization; industrial and agricultural innovation; and transportation in California.

Broader Participation Equals Greater Innovation

The Energy Commission is committed to increasing diversity in the energy sector, and women-owned, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBTQ business enterprises are encouraged to apply for funding opportunities. The Energy Commission is also committed to ensuring all Californians can benefit from its gas research.

To learn more about the program, or to subscribe to the list serve, explore the links below.  

Frequently Asked Questions About the Gas Research and Development Program

Gas Research and Development Funding Opportunities

Investment Plans and Annual Reporting

Information for Bidders, Recipients, and Contractors


Energy Research and Development Division

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General Natural Gas and LNG Issues