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Innovation Policy Forum
U.S. India Roundtable on Manufacturing Innovation
2101 Constitution Ave NW
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Washington, DC
September 9, 2015
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September 10, 2015

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Science & Technology
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STEP Publications

All STEP reports are published by the National Academies Press and made available as free PDF downloads on their website at www.nap.edu.  Limited copies are available by request (step@nas.edu).


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ENERGY POLICY
Effects of US Tax Policy on GHG Emissions

Effects of U.S. Tax Policy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In the context of ongoing debates about budget deficits and tax reform, climate change, and national energy policy, Congress asked the National Academies to review the entire Internal Revenue Code and identify the tax provisions that produce the largest increases or reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to estimate the magnitude of those . . . [More]

 Hidden Costs of Energy
The Hidden Cost of Energy: Unpriced Consequences of Energy Production and Use

Despite the many benefits of energy, most of which are reflected in energy market prices, the production, distribution, and use of energy causes negative effects. Many of these negative effects are not reflected in energy market prices. When market failures like this occur, there may be a case for government interventions in the form of regulations, taxes, fees, tradable permits, or . . .[More]

  


INDUSTRY AND LABOR



INNOVATION POLICY

 Innovation, Diversity and the SBIR/STTR Programs

 Innovation, Diversity, and the SBIR/STTR Programs: Summary of a Workshop

This report is the summary of a workshop convened in February 2013 that focused on the participation of women, minorities, and both older and younger scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs in the SBIR and STTR programs, with the goal of reviewing current efforts to expand the pool of SBIR/STTR-funded researchers and of identifying mechanisms for improving participation rates. . .[More]

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SBIR at DoDSmall Business Innovation Program at the Department of Defense

SBIR at the Department of Defense considers ways that the Department of Defense SBIR program could work better in addressing the congressional objectives for the SBIR program to stimulate technological innovation, use small businesses to meet federal research and development (R & D) needs, foster and encourage the participation of socially and economically disadvantaged  . . .[more]

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New York's Nanotechnology ModelNew York's Nanotechnology Model: Building the Innovation Economy 

This report is the summary of a 2013 symposium convened by the National Research Council's STEP Board  and members of the Nano Consortium that drew state officials and staff, business leaders, and leading national figures in early-stage finance, technology, engineering, education, and state and federal policies to review challenges, plans, and opportunities for innovation-led growth in . . . [more]

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Best Practice State & Regional Innovation Initiatives

Best Practices for State and Regional Innovation Initiatives: Competing in the 21st Century 

Most of the policy discussion about stimulating innovation has focused on the federal level. This study focuses on the significant activity at the state level, with the goal of improving the public's understanding of key policy strategies and exemplary practices. Based on a series...[more]

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Building the Illinois Innovation Economy

Building the Illinois Innovation Economy: Summary of a Symposium

Responding to the challenges of fostering regional growth and employment in an increasingly competitive global economy, many U.S. states and regions have developed programs to attract and grow companies as well as attract the talent and resources necessary to develop innovation clusters.  These state ...[more]

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Building the Ohio Innovation Economy

Building the Ohio Innovation Economy: Summary of a Symposium

Since 1991, the National Research Council, under the auspices of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, has undertaken a program of activities to improve policymakers' understandings of the interconnections of science, technology, and economic policy and their importance for the American economy and its international competitive position...[more]

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Building the Arkansas Innovation Economy

Building the Arkansas Innovation Economy: Summary of a Symposium

A committee under the auspices of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP), is conducting a study of selected state and regional programs in order to identify best practices with regard to their goals, structures, instruments, modes of operation...[more]

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Meeting Global Challenges: U.S.-German Innovation PolicyMeeting Global Challenges: U.S.-German Innovation Policy - Summary of a Symposium

While nations have always competed for territory, mineral riches, water, and other physical assets, they compete most vigorously today for technology-based innovations and the value that flows from them. Much of this value is based on creating scientific knowledge and transforming...[more]

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Rising to the Challenge

Rising to the Challenge: U.S. Innovation Policy for the Global Economy

America's position as the source of much of the world's innovation has been the foundation of its economic vitality and military power in the post-war. No longer is U.S. pre-eminence assured as a place to turn laboratory discoveries into...
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 Building Hawaii's Innovation EconomyBuilding Hawaii's Innovation Economy - Summary of a Symposium

Responding to the challenges of fostering regional growth and employment in an increasingly competitive global economy, many U.S. states and regions have developed programs to attract and grow companies as well as attract the talent and resources necessary to develop innovation. . .[more] 

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Patent Challenges for Standard-Setting in the Global Economy

 Patent Challenges for Standard-Setting in a Global Economy: Lessons from Information and Communications Technology

This report examines how leading national and multinational standard-setting organizations (SSOs) address patent disclosures, licensing terms, transfers of patent ownership, and other issues that arise in connection with developing technical standards for consumer and other microelectronic products, associated software and components, and communications networks including the Internet.  Attempting to balance . . .[more] 

Copyright in the Digital Era

Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy

This report calls on federal agencies and foundations to support a broad range of empirical research studies to contribute to the comprehensive review of U.S. copyright law recommended by Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallente, and announced April 24, 2013 by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The report also urges the federal government to consider instituting two regular, systematic surveys – one of businesses on their acquisition and use of intellectual property of all types and the other of consumers to understand how digital content is created and used.

 UIP Cover_Small Managing University Intellectual Property in the Public Interest

Thirty years ago federal policy underwent a major change through the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, which fostered greater uniformity in the way research agencies treat inventions arising from the work they sponsor. Before the Act, if government agencies funded university research, the funding agency retained ownership of the knowledge and technologies that resulted. However, very little federally funded research . . .[More]

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POLICY FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Flexible Electronics OpportunityFlexible Electronics Opportunity

Flexible electronics describes circuits that can bend and stretch, enabling significant versatility in applications and the prospect of low-cost manufacturing processes. They represent an important technological advance, in terms of their performance characteristics and potential range of applications, ranging from medical care, packaging, lighting and signage, consumer electronics and alternative energy (especially solar energy.) What these technologies have in common is a dependence on efficient manufacturing. . .[more]

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Flexible Electronics for Security, Manufacturing & Growth in the U.S.

Flexible Electronics for Security, Manufacturing and Growth in the United States: Summary of a Symposium

This report is the summary of a workshop convened in September 2010 by Policy and Global Affairs' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy to review challenges, plans, and opportunities for growing a robust flexible electronics industry in the United States. Business leaders, academic experts, and senior government officials met to review the role of research consortia around the world ...[more]

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21st Century Manufacturing21st Century Manufacturing: The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) - a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology - has sought for more than two decades to strengthen American manufacturing. It is a national network of affiliated manufacturing extension centers and field offices located throughout all fifty states and Puerto Rico. Funding for MEP Centers comes from a combination of federal, state, local and ...[more] 

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Strengthening American Manufacturing

Strengthening American Manufacturing: The Role of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Summary of a Symposium)

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) -- a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) -- has sought for more than two decades to strengthen American manufacturing. It is a national network of affiliated manufacturing extension centers and field offices located throughout all fifty states and Puerto Rico. Qualified MEP. . .[more] 

 

 

Building the U.S. Battery Industry for Electric Drive Vehicles Building the U.S. Battery Industry for Electric Drive Vehicles - Summary of a Symposium

Since 1991, the National Research Council, under the auspices of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, has undertaken a program of activities to improve policymakers' understandings of the interconnections of science, technology, and economic policy and their importance for the American economy and its international competitive position. . .[more]

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Clustering for 21st Century ProsperityClustering for 21st Century Prosperity - Summary of a Symposium

Responding to the challenges of fostering regional growth and employment in an increasingly competitive global economy, many U.S. states and regions have developed programs to attract and grow companies as well as attract the talent and resources necessary to develop regional innovation. . .[more]

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