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November 14, 2018
Revisiting the Manufacturing USA Institutes

The Innovation Policy Forum held a workshop on November 14 to revisit the Manufacturing USA initiative which seeks to reinforce U.S.-based advanced manufacturing through partnerships among industry, academia, and government. The workshop explored the roles that these institutes have played during the initial period of their cooperative agreements, and how those roles may change if federal matching funding is discontinued. The workshop paid particular attention to workforce development, supply chain and small business development, and long-term, disruptive innovation. View Webcast and Agenda

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October 22, 2018
Entrepreneurship in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors

In recent years, there has been a substantial rise in entrepreneurial initiatives in the public and nonprofit sectors. The Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, in cooperation with Public Administration Review, the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University, and the American University Center for Innovation, hosted a workshop on October 22 in the Lecture Room of the National Academy of Sciences Building discussing recent research on entrepreneurship in these sectors. View Agenda | Register

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April 25, 2018
Advancing Economic Development and Workforce Readiness in Micropolitan Areas
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton, and IU Provost Lauren Robel, along with academic experts, business leaders, and senior federal and state officials explored the challenge and opportunities for expanding innovation-led job growth and economic dynamism to smaller communities across the State of Indiana. Indiana’s micropolitan regions include significant centers of population and production, as well as research and educational organizations, and draw talent and technical capabilities from a wide local area. But they require different networking strategies than traditional urban clusters. The workshop’s panels and discussions considered policies to more effectively network local resources across a varied geography and connect them to broader ecosystems and national and global innovation networks. View Video, Slides, and Agenda

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January 8-9, 2018
Workshop on Government Decision-Making to Allocate Scientific Resources
How do government decision makers decide how to allocate scarce scientific resources? Participants in this workshop reviewed the findings and recommendations from NSF-funded projects that investigated this topic. The workshop enhanced the information that is available to researchers and federal agency experts to identify what data are needed to bridge the gap between science and decision making. This information will enable research agencies to improve their own assessments and management practices. View Agenda & Presentations

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December 12, 2017
Fostering Worker Mobility and Apprenticeships for a Skilled Technical Workforce
Please join Senator Jeff Bingaman, German Ambassador Peter Wittig and other experts on December 12 at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for a discussion on how we can build a stronger skilled technical workforce. This workshop will address two key issues identified in the recent National Academies report on Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce: the need to reduce barriers to worker mobility and the need to draw in lessons from apprenticeships and other “work and learn” programs in Europe and the United States. View Agenda

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October 5, 2017
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Returns to Federal Investments in the Innovation System: Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief
On December 15, 2016, the Innovation Policy Forum held a workshop designed to gather leading researchers to explore the returns to federal investments in the innovation system, which include economic growth, job creation, as well as improved health and quality of life. The workshop was structured into panels investigating social returns to federal investments in basic research, federal support to private-sector innovation, public investments in human capital and supporting infrastructure such as digital infrastructure, and the relationship between innovation, inequality, and social mobility. This publication briefly summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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October 13, 2017
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Securing Advanced Manufacturing in the United States: The Role of Manufacturing USA: Proceedings of a Workshop
To better understand the role and experiences of the Manufacturing USA initiative, a committee of the Innovation Policy Forum convened a workshop on May 23, 2017 drawing together institute directors and manufacturing policy experts along with leaders from industry, academia, and government. Participants addressed the role of the manufacturing institutes in increasing advanced manufacturing in the United States, examined selected foreign programs designed to support advanced manufacturing, and reviewed recent assessments of existing institutes. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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October 26, 2017
Building America’s Skilled Technical Workforce: The Role of Digital Tutors
The half-day workshop will describe the evidence on the efficacy of Digital Tutors, exploring our current knowledge about the capabilities and applicability of this technology for use in day-to-day teaching and learning. It will also discuss strategies and policies needed to more widely implement digital tutoring and to assess its impact at much larger scales. View Agenda

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June 13, 2017
New Report  Release
Assessment of Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy  (ARPA-e)
On June 13 the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) released its latest report, a detailed and in depth examination of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). The report appraises the appropriateness and effectiveness of ARPA-E's processes and operations to achieve its mission and goals. It also presents a retrospective and technical assessment of ARPA-E. The study’s committee of experts relied on quantitative and qualitative analyses to develop a set of findings and recommendations to the agency and to Congress.  Download or order report.  View webcast and agenda.

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May 18, 2017
New Report Release 
Building America's Skilled Technical Workforce
NEW REPORT RELEASE: The publication of "Building America's Skilled Technical Workforce," the final report of the Committee on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs: Education, Training, and Certification Pathways , is highlighted in an 18 May public event at the National Academies. Committee members--including the Hon. Jeff Bingaman, Harry Holzer, Susan Sclafani, Annette Parker, Mark Tomkins, and David Chu--will moderate and speak at a morning panel. See presentations and agenda.

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May 23, 2017
Securing Advanced Manufacturing in the United States: The Role of Manufacturing USA
On May 23, representatives from industry, academia, and government participated in a symposium to examine external reviews of the Manufacturing USA Institutes, an initiative designed to accelerate commercialization, nurture manufacturing innovation, and foster a skilled manufacturing workforce. View webcast, presentations and agenda here. 

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December 21, 2016
The Assessment of the SBIR and STTR Programs
On Dec. 21, this morning workshop discussed the findings and recommendations of the report on the SBIR and STTR programs at the Department of Energy, which is the final report of the Committee on Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation: An Assessment of the Small Business Research Program (Phase II). It provides an opportunity to mark the Committee’s extensive work in documenting the concept and performance of these programs, as well as a look ahead to the future of these programs. View agenda and presentations

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December 12, 2016
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: Policy Implications for the Next Decade
On Dec. 12, experts and policymakers gathered to explore the implications of artificial intelligence and robotics in society, looking at economic impacts, ethical and legal considerations, and security implications. The workshop featured keynote addresses by Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, and Arati Prabhaker, head of DARPA. View transcriptView agenda and presentations

December 6, 2016
The Military as a Pathway to Skilled Technical Jobs
On Dec. 6, an afternoon symposium focused on “The Military as a Pathway to Skilled Technical Jobs” will explore how the Department of Defense can better integrate skills transition in military training and how such training can be better transferred to the civilian workforce. This symposium will bring together representatives from government, the military, academia and the private sector. View agenda

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October 14, 2016
The Labor Market and Human Resource Management Implications of Entrepreneurship
How do entrepreneurial firms affect human resource management and related labor market outcomes? On Oct. 14, we will hear from leading labor and employment relations scholars on a topic of growing interest to policymakers, business leaders, and academics. View agenda and presentations

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September 15, 2016
Symposium: Growing the Caribbean Innovation Economy
Led with a keynote by Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada, the workshop convened leading experts to discuss policies, programs, and other cooperative initiatives to develop the Caribbean’s science and technology networks, encourage entrepreneurship, and foster regional development. The meeting explored the role that universities, public-private partnerships, and entrepreneurship play in furthering broad-based, innovation-led growth across the Caribbean. View agenda and presentations.

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September 8, 2016
The Power of Change: Innovation for Development and Deployment of Increasingly Clean Electric Power Technologies
Electricity, supplied reliably and affordably, is foundational to the U.S. economy and is utterly indispensable to modern society. However, emissions resulting from many forms of electricity generation create environmental risks that could have significant negative economic, security, and human health consequences. Large-scale installation of cleaner power generation has been generally hampered because greener technologies are more expensive than the technologies that currently produce most of our power. Rather than trade affordability and reliability for low emissions, is there a way to balance all three? Download or purchase the full report here.

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May 10, 2016
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is one of the largest examples of U.S. public-private partnerships, and was established in 1982 to encourage small businesses to develop new processes and products and to provide quality research in support of the U.S. government’s many missions. The U.S. Congress tasked the National Research Council... Learn More

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April 12, 2016
Workshop on SBIR/STTR and the Commercialization Challenge
On April 12, the STEP Board hosted the Workshop on SBIR/STTR and the Commercialization Challenge during which participants learned about federal initiatives developed to support the commercialization of SBIR/STTR technologies, discussed commercializing university research, explored challenges faced by entrepreneurs, and gained a deeper understanding of best practices for tracking commercialization outcomes. View agenda, presentations, and webcast.

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April 1, 2016
Middle-Skill Jobs Committee Meeting: Report Release on Online Education from MIT Researchers
On April 1, 2016, MIT researchers briefed the Committee on the Supply for Middle-Skill Jobs on their new report online education and blended learning. View agenda, presentations, and full report.

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January 13, 2016
STTR: An Assessment of the Small Business Technology Transfer Program
Today's knowledge economy is driven in large part by the nation's capacity to innovate. One of the defining features of the U.S. economy is a high level of entrepreneurial activity. Entrepreneurs in the United States see opportunities and are willing and able to assume risk to...Learn More

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December 11, 2015
Workshop on National and International Intellectual Property Practices & Policies
This workshop examined how technological changes, social and political pressures, and economic forces are changing  policies and practices surrounding intellectual property in emerging markets, such as Brazil, India, and China. Panelists also explored the implications for the U.S. View agenda.

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November 12, 2015
SBIR/STTR at the National Institutes of Health
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...Learn More

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September 29, 2015
U.S. India Roundtable on Manufacturing Innovation
As part of the Innovation Policy Forum, this roundtable engaged leading academics, business professionals and policymakers in a conversation comparing best practices and trends in manufacturing innovation here and in India... Learn more

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August 28, 2015
FlexTech Alliance Receives $75 Million Award From the DOD
The STEP Board report,The Flexible Electronics Opportunity, calls on the U.S. to “increase the funding of basic research related to flexible electronics and augment support for university-based consortia to develop prototypes, manufacturing processes, and products in close collaboration with contributing industrial partners.” Consistent with this recommendation, DoD has recently awarded $75 million ... Learn More