Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

To conduct research and training to accelerate low-carbon energy innovation by examining sector-specific industrial decarbonization opportunities and organizing a week-long energy innovation policy training program for early career scholars

  • Amount $299,400
  • City Washington, DC
  • Investigator David Hart
  • Year 2021
  • Program Research
  • Sub-program Energy and Environment

The Clean Energy Program at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is one of the leading research efforts examining the energy innovation ecosystem in the United States. This grant, led by energy policy scholar David Hart, funds two projects at ITIF—one training, one research. The training project involves organizing a week-long energy innovation policy “boot camp” in 2022 in Washington, D.C. that will involve a cohort of approximately 20 early-career social scientists.  Participating researchers will be introduced to the practicalities of how energy policy is made and will encourage them to highlight the potential connections between research and decision-making in their own work. The second project involves advancing a collaborative research effort that ITIF is undertaking with scholars at the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy (BU-ISE) and the BU-based Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) to examine the decarbonization potential of two industrial subsectors.  Researchers will conduct technical, economic, and policy analysis for each chosen subsector, and they will collect data and conduct interviews with industry and regulatory stakeholders that explore relevant energy innovation policy issues, such as financial incentive structures, global competitiveness, and innovation diffusion patterns. The research is expected to result in at least two reports and academic papers, and it will form the basis of a number of policy briefs that the team will provide to industry and governmental stakeholders.

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