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Title: Evaluation of Energy-Related Inventions Program: An Empirical Analysis of 204 Inventions

Abstract

This report is an evaluation of the Energy-Related Inventions Program (ERIP). It assesses the program's effectiveness and impacts, characterizes participating inventions and inventors, and identifies correlates of successful commercialization in order to suggest possible improvements. Seventy of the 204 ERIP inventions that were studied were successfully introduced into the market, accounting for more than $200M in sales from 1976 through 1984. During 1984, 921 full-time equivalent employees were supported directly by ERIP inventors or their licensees. (Estimates of indirect economic impacts are also contained in the report.) Data on patterns of fund raising clearly show a need for assistance by programs like ERIP. Commercially successful inventors shared several traits. They had less formal education, fewer patents, more work experience in small firms, more outside funding early in their work, more shared responsibility with others for invention development, more management experience, and greater previous experience with starting new businesses. Recommendations are made regarding: (1) priorities for allocating ERIP grants; (2) improved efficiency of the NBS/DOE operations; (3) delivery of technical and commercialization assistance to grant recipients; and (4) further evaluation research.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
ORNL Oak Ridge National Laboratory (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
OFFICE OF CONSERVATION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY, DOE (US)
OSTI Identifier:
814416
Report Number(s):
ORNL/CON-225
TRN: US200317%%220
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Jan 1987
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; COMMERCIALIZATION; ECONOMIC IMPACT; EDUCATION; EFFICIENCY; EVALUATION; INVENTIONS; MANAGEMENT; MARKET; PERSONNEL; RECOMMENDATIONS; SALES

Citation Formats

Brown, M A. Evaluation of Energy-Related Inventions Program: An Empirical Analysis of 204 Inventions. United States: N. p., 1987. Web. doi:10.2172/814416.
Brown, M A. Evaluation of Energy-Related Inventions Program: An Empirical Analysis of 204 Inventions. United States. doi:10.2172/814416.
Brown, M A. Thu . "Evaluation of Energy-Related Inventions Program: An Empirical Analysis of 204 Inventions". United States. doi:10.2172/814416. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/814416.
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