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Innovation Policy Forum
U.S. India Roundtable on Manufacturing Innovation
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Room 120
Washington, DC
September 9, 2015
For more information, contact Natacha Montgomery at

The Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs Committee Meeting

500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC
September 10, 2015

Christine Mirzayan
Science & Technology
Fellowship Program

STEP will host a Mirzayan fellow beginning January 2016. Apply today.

For more information, contact Paul Beaton at

The STEP Board advises federal, state, and local governments on energy policy, innovation policy, intellectual property rights, and labor market issues. The Board also informs the public about economic and related public policies to promote the creation, diffusion, and application of new scientific and technical knowledge. 

 Patent ReformGlobal AffairsHigh-Skilled ImmigrationCopyright PolicyInnovation Studies


Innovation, Diversity and the SBIR/STTR Programs
Innovation, Diversity, and the SBIR/STTR Programs
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide federal research and development funding to small businesses. One of the goals of these programs is to foster and encourage participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation. Innovation, Diversity, and Success in the SBIR/STTR Programs 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. This report is a record of the presentation and discussions of the event.

Electronic devices that can be bent, folded, stretched, or conformed represent an emerging technology field with new applications and significant market potential. As a General Purpose Technology, flexible electronics have the potential to significantly enhance productivity and encourage the creation and growth of entrepreneurial firms.  While U.S.-based firms and research centers possess important advantages, the United States faces major challenges in establishing a strong manufacturing base in this emerging field, including significant foreign competition in developing the industry.
As a part of its study of Best Practice in National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics, a National Research Council committee examined the role of research consortia around the world to advance the development and manufacture of flexible electronics technologies.  It compared their structure, focus, funding, and likely impact, in order to determine what appropriate steps are needed to develop a vibrant and competitive industry in the United States.  This report sets out the committee’s consensus findings and recommendations on the potential of the U.S. flexible electronics industry, the possible contributions of public-private partnerships to facilitate applied research and manufacturing, and other measures to support the development of the flexible electronics industry in the United States.

RECENT events

On June 29, the STEP Board collaborated with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the European Economic Review, and the School of Business at the University of Albany (SUNY) to host a Workshop on the Economics of Entrepreneurship featuring panels on topics ranging from the influence of patent rights on university technology transfer to the impact of private equity on firms' innovation activity. View presentations.

On June 24-25, the STEP Board, in collaboration with the National Academy of Engineering Program Office, the Board on Higher Education and Workforce, the Board on Science Education, and the Board on Testing and Assessment, hosted a Symposium on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs. Participants included government officials, policy makers, educators, corporate human resource managers, and other stakeholders. Senator Tim Kaine delivered the keynote speech followed by panels on topics ranging from advanced technical education to apprenticeship training in the United States. Other panels explored pathways to careers in allied health and data resources needed to support middle-skill workforce development, among other issues. View presentations.

On May 1, the STEP Board hosted a Workshop on the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. The event explored STTR program operations and outcomes in view of the program’s legislative objectives, including, among other things, the program’s effectiveness in transferring technologies; the application process; impact of and experiences in creating collaborations between small business and research institutions, including labs; experiences in establishing IP agreements; and economic outcomes.




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?

The Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs: Education, Training and Certification Pathways 
How can jobs, workers, education and training programs in the U.S. be better aligned to support the middle-skilled workforce?

Evaluation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-e)
What processes, deliverables, and metrics are used to assess the short and long-term success of ARPA-E programs?

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.

Immigration Policy and the Search for Skilled Workers
What are the effects of policy changes on entry and retention of foreign workers, domestic markets and educational patterns?

Innovation Policy Forum
What current and potential policy initiatives advance innovation and the development of the knowledge economy in the United States and abroad?