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Title: Nurturing transformative U.S. energy research: Two guiding principles [Nurturing U.S. energy research: Two guiding principles]

Abstract

Energy research is critical to continuing advances in human productivity and welfare. In this Commentary, we raise for debate and discussion what in our view is a growing mis-control and mis-protection of U.S. energy research. This flawed approach originates in natural human tendencies exacerbated by an historical misunderstanding of research and development, science and technology, and the relationships between them. We outline the origin of the mis-control and mis-protection, and propose two guiding principles to mitigate them and instead nurture research: (i) focus on people, not projects; and (ii) culturally insulate research from development, but not science from technology. As a result, our hope is to introduce these principles into the discourse now, so they can help guide policy changes in U.S. energy research and development that are currently being driven by powerful geopolitical winds.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]
  1. Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA (United States); Harvard University Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Cambridge, MA (United States)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Harvard University Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Cambridge, MA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
OSTI Identifier:
1477466
Report Number(s):
SAND-2018-1548J
Journal ID: ISSN 2329-2229; applab; 660687
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
MRS Energy & Sustainability
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 2329-2229
Publisher:
Materials Research Society - Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY

Citation Formats

Narayanamurti, Venkatesh, and Tsao, Jeffrey Y. Nurturing transformative U.S. energy research: Two guiding principles [Nurturing U.S. energy research: Two guiding principles]. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1557/mre.2018.9.
Narayanamurti, Venkatesh, & Tsao, Jeffrey Y. Nurturing transformative U.S. energy research: Two guiding principles [Nurturing U.S. energy research: Two guiding principles]. United States. doi:10.1557/mre.2018.9.
Narayanamurti, Venkatesh, and Tsao, Jeffrey Y. Mon . "Nurturing transformative U.S. energy research: Two guiding principles [Nurturing U.S. energy research: Two guiding principles]". United States. doi:10.1557/mre.2018.9. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1477466.
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abstractNote = {Energy research is critical to continuing advances in human productivity and welfare. In this Commentary, we raise for debate and discussion what in our view is a growing mis-control and mis-protection of U.S. energy research. This flawed approach originates in natural human tendencies exacerbated by an historical misunderstanding of research and development, science and technology, and the relationships between them. We outline the origin of the mis-control and mis-protection, and propose two guiding principles to mitigate them and instead nurture research: (i) focus on people, not projects; and (ii) culturally insulate research from development, but not science from technology. As a result, our hope is to introduce these principles into the discourse now, so they can help guide policy changes in U.S. energy research and development that are currently being driven by powerful geopolitical winds.},
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journal = {MRS Energy & Sustainability},
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