1. A clear statement of the societal need being addressed and an exposition of the desired result that is subscribed to by the Administration, Congress, and industry partners;
2. Funding from the government at an overall level appropriate to the potential societal payoff, with the government-industry funding distribution set according to the risk level associated with individual projects;
3. Continuation of the program beyond the current 2004 termination date;
4. Deadlines appropriate for the tasks of major projects, subject to revision based on a rigorous, constructive review by the partners together with an independent outside body;
5. The construction of a series of concept vehicles and a review at agreed-on dates of technologies developed in the program that have been applied to production vehicles;
6. Creation of a high-level forum among the partners to discuss trade-offs among conflicting societal demands being addressed by the program and to recommend tactical and policy options; and
7. Emphasis on fundamental R&D for high-risk, high-payoff technologies.
The committee believes that, overall, the PNGV program is an excellent example of how long-range societal goals can be effectively addressed by the efforts of a collaborative, precompetitive government-industry R&D partnership. It is hoped that future activity will build on this program's success and enhance its effectiveness with lessons learned from the past several years.
Recommendation. Taking into consideration the successes, degree of progress, and lessons learned in the PNGV program to date, government and industry participants should refine the PNGV charter and goals to better reflect current societal needs and the ability of a cooperative, precompetitive R&D program to address these needs successfully.