September 4, 2012
Surprisingly few of the billions of federal dollars spent on biomedical research go toward translating basic science discoveries into workable therapies. But a brand new NIH program is taking small steps in the right direction.
August 28, 2012
The U.S. stands at the cusp of a transformation that will connect the ongoing innovations in information technology with the emergence of intelligent, efficient, secure, and cleaner energy networks. We present a framework for understanding and accelerating this transformation.
August 24, 2012
A new manufacturing institute will bring stakeholders together for collaborative innovation, illustrating the differences between traditional industrial policy and 21st century innovation policy.
August 20, 2012
The “open source” software movement may have created your browser, it you’re using Firefox. But the open source movement in biotechnology is less well-known. This article explains why.
August 16, 2012
Today’s crash landing of the Defense Department’s $300 million experimental hypersonic scramjet puts the Solyndra bankruptcy in perspective, and illustrates how we need to reconsider how we define “failure” in the technology innovation discourse.
August 6, 2012
As the potential for cyberattacks to cause physical damage to key infrastructure increases, we need to think creatively about how to incentivize innovation in cybersecurity.
August 2, 2012
3D printing could herald a manufacturing renaissance in the United States, but only if we invest in the the technically skilled workforce needed to make the most of this potentially disruptive technology.
June 28, 2012
Researchers at MIT have been working to rethink the urban mobility paradigm–from conventional vehicles operating in cramped, polluted, and dangerous environments, to vehicles specifically optimized for city centers.
June 13, 2012
New high-capacity lithium ion battery technology that can operate in very hot or very cold temperatures could change the game for electric automotives.
June 12, 2012
The scientific method is designed to generate new conceptual discoveries, but it is not sufficient for transforming such conceptual knowledge into commercial innovations.
June 4, 2012
The lessons learned from university-engaged regional economic development in Southside Virginia encapsulate why innovation policy can transform unlikely communities across our nation.
May 23, 2012
INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The JOBS Act seeks to accelerate the rise of Internet-enabled “crowdfunding” as a source of startup capital for entrepreneurs. But the gains may be countered by major growing pains.
May 3, 2012
A new report from the prominent global consulting firm McKinsey shows how process improvements and incremental technology innovation have brought solar photovoltaics to a tipping point.
April 26, 2012
The White House today released the long-awaited National Bioeconomy Blueprint, which summarizes emergent trends in biotechnology, and contains five strategic imperatives for government policy moving forward.
April 22, 2012
INVESTING IN INNOVATION
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has put together a handy brief explaining the differences in R&D investment levels in the Obama administration’s proposed FY 2013 budget and the House GOP proposed budget.
April 17, 2012
A new report from Third Way compares the technological myopia that bankrupted Kodak for failing to anticipate the shift to digital photography and imaging, to the shortsightedness of U.S. clean energy innovation policy.
April 2, 2012
Despite hopeful proclamations of game-changing innovation at this year’s ARPA-E summit, our national clean energy policy remains an insufficient balance of proaction and compromise with the status quo.
March 14, 2012
Structural, cultural, and other barriers often prevent university research from fulfilling its full economic potential, leaving opportunities for policy and the private sector to engage.
February 23, 2012
The new BusinessUSA.gov portal is a key first step in bringing scattered federal programs together in one place to be more effective in helping business and spurring American innovation.
February 21, 2012
INVESTING IN INNOVATION
At a recent event at the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Dr. Sybil Francis and Dr. Gregg Zachary discussed best practices for managing competition among and between federal research programs.