Reports, reviews, and assessments

5 Sep 2017

According to a new report, the Department of Energy’s program to develop advanced nuclear reactors has shifted priorities too often and overspent on facility upkeep. After $2 billion in expenditures, no advanced design is ready for deployment.

29 Aug 2017

A new National Academies report details the role that NASA’s large strategic missions play in the agency’s science portfolio. It recommends that decadal surveys better address the choices NASA faces in planning the missions and that NASA provide more public information about the missions' costs, management, and outputs.

25 Aug 2017

Most of the draft education plans that states have so far submitted for review to the U.S. Department of Education include STEM-related school performance indicators. A number propose new, federally supported STEM programs and initiatives,but the availability of funds for such activities hinges on the outcome of negotiations over funding levels for relevant DOEd grant programs.

10 Aug 2017

In a new report, the Defense Department outlines its plan to reform the organizational structure of its research and engineering activities, in compliance with the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. A principal aim of the reorganization is to foster a more risk-tolerant culture of innovation.

27 Jul 2017

The National Academies has launched a new study on how to move toward an open science enterprise. At last week’s kickoff meeting, participants discussed issues for the committee to consider, including scientific norms, incentives, and the differences between scientific disciplines.

18 Jul 2017

At last week’s meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, participants discussed the Department of Energy Office of Science’s work in advanced computing. They also discussed research priorities identified at two recent workshops and a new charge to commemorate the past 40 years of work in DOE’s Basic Energy Sciences program.

13 Jul 2017

A new report from a high-level advisory group to the European Commission calls for doubling funding of the successor to Horizon 2020, the seven-year, €77 billion ($88 billion) European Union research program that will end in 2020.

13 Jul 2017

A new Government Accountability Office report compares Defense Department innovation management to practices in private industry and asserts that DOD should manage “disruptive” projects differently from “incremental” ones.

16 Jun 2017

A National Academies assessment found that although it is too early to tell if ARPA–E will achieve its long-term goal of jump-starting transformative energy technologies, the agency has made clear progress with sound organizational practices.

9 Jun 2017

A National Academies panel tasked with developing a multi-decade strategy for magnetically confined burning plasma research held its first meeting on June 5. The head of the Energy Department’s fusion energy sciences program urged the panel to “be bold” in its report, which will consider scenarios in which the U.S. remains in or withdraws from the long-delayed ITER fusion project.

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