overarching goals, such as grand challenges, that a number of projects can aim toward fulfilling should be instituted. These grand challenges are a very visible way to focus program goals and to inspire individual industry and crosscutting subprograms to greater achievements.
Managing intellectual property. The intellectual property arising from the development of energy efficiency technologies must be managed in a policy environment that is currently contentious. Two potentially conflicting goals have been expressed by the manufacturing community: improving both U.S. and global energy efficiency through the development of new energy efficiency technologies and providing a business advantage to U.S. industry through the development of these same technologies. The committee recommends that the ITP develop a comprehensive policy to clarify mechanisms and to provide guidance for managing the intellectual property that arises from ITP-funded projects.