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Reinventing U.S. Advanced Manufacturing: A Review of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 Report

The Steering Committee of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP2.0) report briefed the Innovation Policy Forum of the National Academies on Monday, 27 October 2014. Rafael Reif, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Wes Bush, Chairman of Northrop Grumman, introduced the report. AMP industry and academic workgroup leaders and experts followed, discussing the report’s findings and recommendations. 
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SBIR at DoDWorkshop on SBIR/STTR & the Role of State Programs

The National Academies' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP)  hosted a Workshop on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) & the Role of State Programs in Washington, DC, on October 7, 2014.  This workshop was held under the auspices of the National Academies’ study of the SBIR and STTR programs, led by Dr. Jacques Gansler of the University of Maryland, formerly Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. 
The event focused on the growth of state programs that complement and leverage the SBIR and STTR programs for regional growth. These initiatives are of interest because of their potential to help advance regional economic development and because they may amplify the potential for SBIR and STTR to address the mission needs of federal agencies.  The release of the Committee’s new report on SBIR at the Department of Defense was also be highlighted and discussed at the workshop. 
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Conference on High-Skilled Immigration and the Global Competition for Talent

During the STEP Board's Conference on High-Skilled Immigration Policy and the Global Competition for Talent in Washington, DC on September 22-23, 2014, panelists examined the effects of changes in several industrialized countries’ treatment of temporary and permanent immigrants with advanced training and skills, especially in the sciences, engineering, and software development fields, in an effort to understand the impact of these changes on admissions and retention, domestic labor markets, and national innovation capacities.Panelists also assessed the challenges in designing immigration policies and rules that translate the concept of “attracting the best and the brightest” into durable successful programs. 
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Determinants of Market Adoption of Advanced Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Technologies
How can federal policies can accelerate the market adoption of advanced energy efficiency and low- or non-polluting energy technologies?

Education, Training and Certification Pathways to a Skilled Technical U.S. Workforce
How can jobs, workers, education and training programs in the U.S. be better aligned to support the skilled technical workforce?

Best Practice in National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics
What steps might the U.S. consider to develop a competitive flexible electronics industry?

Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation: An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation
Research Program - Phase II

In this second phase of the review of the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), an ad hoc committee will measure the program's progress against its legislative goals.

High-Skilled Immigration Policy and the Global  Competition for Talent
What are the effects of policy changes on entry and retention of foreign workers, domestic markets and educational patterns?

Innovation Policy Forum
What is the impact of U.S. and foreign innovation programs?