STEP’s project on State and Regional Innovation Initiatives has generated an improved understanding of the challenges associated with the transition of research into products, the practices associated with some successful state and regional programs, and their interaction with federal programs and private initiatives. This better understanding has been realized through a series of complementary assessments of state, regional, and federal initiatives; analyses of specific industries and technologies from the perspective of how supportive public policy at all three levels was crafted; and outreach to multiple stakeholders. Based on this knowledge, this project seeks to improve the operation of federal, state and regional programs and, collectively, enhance their impact.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

On behalf of the National Academies, we express our appreciation and recognition for the insights, experiences, and perspectives made available by the many participants of conferences and meetings held over the course of this study. Thomas Howell played a key role in assisting the Committee both in the preparation of this report and though the Report Review cycle. Dr. Sujai Shivakumar of the STEP staff prepared multiple responses to review, making the many substantive changes to the original text required by the review process. We are also indebted to David Dawson of the STEP staff for his contributions to the preparation of this report.

SPONSORS

The National Academies Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy would like to express its appreciation for the sustained support of the following agencies and departments: the Economic Development Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Cancer Institute, and the Department of Energy. Their contributions of time, expertise, and financial support were essential to the success of the project.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF REVIEWERS

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Academies’ Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.



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