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Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Consultants' Reports of Data Analysis." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. An Assessment of ARPA-E. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24778.
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Appendix G

Consultants’ Reports of Data Analysis

The committee engaged and directed independent consultants to analyze data and information provided by ARPA-E and available in the public domain as part of its evaluation of ARPA-E. Those consultants produced two working papers detailing the results of their analysis. The committee utilized both working papers in its deliberations and analysis. The first, Goldstein and Kearney (2016), analyzes internally-generated data from ARPA-E. The second, Goldstein (2016), analyzes publically available data. These working papers are available on the NAP website at: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24778 under the Resources tab.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Consultants' Reports of Data Analysis." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. An Assessment of ARPA-E. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24778.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Consultants' Reports of Data Analysis." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. An Assessment of ARPA-E. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24778.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix G: Consultants' Reports of Data Analysis." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. An Assessment of ARPA-E. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24778.
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In 2005, the National Research Council report Rising Above the Gathering Storm recommended a new way for the federal government to spur technological breakthroughs in the energy sector. It recommended the creation of a new agency, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, as an adaptation of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) model—widely considered a successful experiment that has funded out-of-the-box, transformative research and engineering that made possible the Internet, GPS, and stealth aircraft. This new agency was envisioned as a means of tackling the nation’s energy challenges in a way that could translate basic research into technological breakthroughs while also addressing economic, environmental, and security issues.

Congress authorized ARPA-E in the 2007 America COMPETES Act and requested an early assessment following 6 years of operation to examine the agency’s progress toward achieving its statutory mission and goals. This report documents the results of that assessment. It includes both an operational assessment of the agency’s funding programs and a technical assessment of its awards, to the extent possible.

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