Report - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Department of Energy National Laboratories

| November 2017

Organizational design and management strategies to improve federal energy innovation and technology transfer to the private sector

Summary

This report recommends policies and actions to improve the return on investment the U.S. government makes in sponsoring research and development (R&D) at the Department of Energy's (DOE) seventeen National Laboratories ("Labs"). While the Labs make a unique and significant contribution to all of the Department of Energy's missions, the authors develop the idea that for the Labs to fully support DOE's energy transformation goals, their R&D management practices need to be updated to better reflect current research into innovation systems and management. They also highlight the necessity of Lab interactions with industry in order to impact the nation's energy infrastructure investment, which is, for the most part, privately held.

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For Academic Citation:

Bin-Nun, Amitai, Gabriel Chan, Laura Diaz Anadon, Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Sarah Jane Maxted. The Department of Energy National Laboratories. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, November 2017.

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