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An Assessment of ARPA-E (2017)
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July 27, 2017
Innovation leaders to Congress: Don’t kill our future with cuts to research programs
The Hill (Opinion)
Cutting these programs would be a self-inflicted wound to American innovation and our economy. A recent report from the National Academies found that ARPA-E has been overwhelmingly successful in promoting new technologies. And the EERE gets a 20 percent annual return on investment—a figure that would make even a real estate tycoon envious.

July 1, 2017
Trump Takes Aim at Energy R&D Funds
Consortium News
Just in time to inform the debate in Washington, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine two weeks ago issued an authoritative assessment of ARPA-E’s track record and mission. Contrary to the claims of critics, the report concluded, “The agency is not failing and is not in need of reform. In fact, attempts to reform the agency — such as applying pressure for ARPA-E to show short-term success rather than focusing on its long-term mission and goals — would pose a significant risk of harming its efforts and chances.”

June 29, 2017
European Innovation Council needs leading innovators and a sense of urgency
Science Business
There is hope that the office can remain open. Earlier this month, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released the results of a favourable study that found ARPA-E is broadly meeting its goals. It cited some good figures: 74 of the agency's projects have raised $1.8 billion in private funding and 56 have formed new companies.

June 19, 2017
Studies say ARPA-E, EPA programs have worked well, contrary to political rhetoric
Ars Technica
The studies focused on the DOE’s ARPA-E (or Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) program and the EPA’s STAR (Science To Achieve Results) program. The Trump administration has proposed that funding be cut entirely for ARPA-E and that funding for the EPA’s Office of Research and Development (which directed the STAR program) be cut by half. Both studies were conducted by the National Academies of Sciences—the ARPA-E study was conducted at Congress' request, and the EPA STAR study was conducted at the EPA's own request.

June 19, 2017
Report: Innovative Energy Research Agency on the Right Track
WCAI
Now, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences weighs in on whether ARPA-E is living up to expectations. The review began almost two years ago, long before the current budget debate, and was actually stipulated in the legislation that created ARPA-E. Committee member John Wall says this was one of the most exhaustive agency reviews ever. The end result is a set of fourteen recommendations for improved operation of ARPA-E.

June 19, 2017
Zinke, Perry on Hill this week as spending talks advance
E&E News (Subscription)
Supporters of the president's plan say the Department of Energy has shifted too far away from its core mission and needs rebalance. In budget documents, the administration said, "The private sector is better positioned to finance disruptive energy research." But critics say independent analyses, such as one this month from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on ARPA-E, show DOE funding plays a unique and needed role.

June 18, 2017
The little agency that does
The Washington Times
Congress and the George W. Bush administration broke with this tradition, though, when they authorized ARPA-E in 2007. At the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences, lawmakers sought to replicate in the energy field a concept that has worked extraordinarily well in defense. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has repeatedly revolutionized war-fighting over its 50-year history with breakthroughs such as stealth and GPS.

June 16, 2017
National Academies Report Affirms ARPA-E's Early Progress
American Institute of Physics Science Policy News
A National Academies assessment found that although it is too early to tell if the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy will achieve its long-term goal of jump-starting transformative energy technologies, the agency has made clear progress with sound organizational practices. . . .

June 16, 2017
U.S. National Academies give ARPA-E good grades
Chemical and Engineering News
A federal energy research program that U.S. President Donald J. Trump has proposed to defund earned positive marks from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine. In a congressionally mandated report released on June 13, the National Academies assesses the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). In a separate report, another National Academies committee assessed EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program. Trump’s 2018 budget proposed to eliminate the approximately $35 million funding for STAR, the agency’s primary extramural grants program that was established in 1995.

June 15, 2017
A new study defends ARPA-E in wake of Trump's proposed budget cuts
Utility Dive
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) report, mandated by law, finds that the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is well designed and suited to deliver technological advances that would not be pursued by industry or by other government agencies.

June 14, 2017
Countries On Track to Double Clean Energy Research, Except US
Sustainable Business
On a budget of $290 million a year, it does basic research that has the potential for significant breakthroughs, such as energy from algae and advanced batteries. In a 240-page report released this week, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine concludes that ARPA-E is so successful that it should be a model for federal agencies.

June 13, 2017
Scientists Praise Energy Innovation Office Trump Wants to Shut Down
The New York Times
The debate over the future of energy innovation in the United States was renewed on Tuesday when a panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences released an in-depth report praising a key research office that President Trump wants to eliminate. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, was created in 2007 under President George W. Bush to fund research into long-shot technologies, such as advanced batteries or algae-based biofuels, that might one day prove useful for tackling climate change and other energy challenges.

June 13, 2017
Trump wants to cut this energy innovation program. Scientists just found that it works
Washington Post
A new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) certainly won’t help that quest. The study, mandated by the law that created ARPA-E itself, finds that the agency, while still quite young, has had many successes — although it has done a poor job of singing its own praises.

June 13, 2017
National Academies tout research program Trump wants to kill
E&E GreenWire (Subscription required)
A Department of Energy research agency targeted for elimination by the Trump administration "is not failing" and doesn't need reform, according to a report today from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The assessment of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, years in the making, finds that the DOE program is performing well on nearly every metric. Without mentioning President Trump by name, the congressionally mandated report challenges his argument that ARPA-E is unnecessary because the private sector could or should carry out the agency's functions.

June 13, 2017
The Energy Agency Trump Aims to Kill Could Instead Be a Model
Bloomberg
A 239-page report released Tuesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has been a success and backs experimental energy research that would be unlikely to get funding from the private sector. The report, mandated by the 2007 legislation that created ARPA-E, concluded that elements of how ARPA-E operates should be adopted by other offices within the department.

June 13, 2017
Study gives high marks to energy research agency
The Hill
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), modeled after the Pentagon office responsible for innovations such as the technology that became the internet, is being targeted for elimination under President Trump’s budget proposal for 2018. But the 239-page report released Tuesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine says the nimble, somewhat independent research agency should serve as a model for the rest of the federal government.

June 13, 2017
Report: Energy research agency that Trump wants to kill needs time to prove its worth
Science Magazine
A Department of Energy research agency targeted for elimination by the Trump administration "is not failing" and doesn't need reform, according to a report today from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The assessment of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, years in the making, finds that the DOE program is performing well on nearly every metric. Without mentioning President Trump by name, the congressionally mandated report challenges his argument that ARPA-E is unnecessary because the private sector could or should carry out the agency's functions.

June 13, 2017
U.S. National Academies give ARPA-E good grades
Chemical and Engineering News
A federal energy research program that U.S. President Donald J. Trump has proposed to defund earned positive marks from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine. In a congressionally mandated report released on June 13, the National Academies assesses the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The report says the program is delivering on its mission to develop early-stage energy innovations and pave a path to their commercialization.

June 13, 2017

Scientific Panel Concludes ARPA-E Is Working. Will It Matter?
MIT Technology Review
After two years of analysis, the National Academies has concluded the Department of Energy’s moonshot clean energy research program is on track to accomplish what it was established to do, and should remain focused on supporting potentially breakthrough technologies.

June 13, 2017
Report Finds That ARPA-E Is Working, Even as Trump Seeks to Shut It Down
Green Tech Media
On Tuesday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) released the results of a joint study that finds ARPA-E is meeting the goals of the 2007 law that created it, and doesn't need to be reformed or overhauled to keep bringing new energy technologies to market.

June 13, 2017
Scientists Know the Value of ARPA-E
The American Interest
Donald Trump is charting a different course, though, and as the NYT reports, scientists are concerned: [A] panel of experts convened by the National Academy of Sciences said it had “found no signs that ARPA-E is failing.” To the contrary, the panel said in its evaluation that the agency had made vital progress in nudging forward research on projects like advanced carbon capture and grid-scale battery storage.

May 3, 2017
This little-known research program Trump wants to cut is where the future is made
Think Progress
In 2007, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine proposed a program modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which gave us GPS, the stealth fighter and the internet.



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