Can you share more about the kinds of ideas that you are looking for?
We are open to considering ideas that touch any policy area related to the pursuit or use of science, technology and innovation. Within these broad areas, the categories below offer a flavor of our focus areas with a sample of relevant topics. We consider these areas to represent opportunities for creative policy ideas but emphasize the list is not exhaustive!
Applied Innovation in the Public Sector—behavioral science, evidence-based policy, federal innovation tools and training, digital services, the use of grand challenges, open federal data, OIRA innovation agenda, increasing the science, technology and innovation capacities of government agencies, personnel reform, the use of prizes and challenges, and new approaches for procurement.
Clean Energy and Climate—arctic issues, battery technology, biofuels, clean energy technologies, climate adaptation and resilience, fusion, energy grid modernization, nuclear energy, oceans, and solar.
Emerging Technology Policy—autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and machine learning, biotechnology, blockchain, cybersecurity, internet of things, data science, data use, data privacy, drones/UAVs, encryption, facial recognition, nanotechnology, quantum computing, regulatory experimentation for emerging technology, and supercomputing.
Health and Life Sciences—aging, antibiotic resistant bacteria, biotechnology, BRAIN initiative, cancer moonshot, artificial intelligence for neuroscience, drug discovery, drug development, drug evaluation, emerging diseases, pandemics, health information technology, healthcare costs, platform technology for biomedical research, precision medicine, and regenerative medicine.
Innovation and Economic Competitiveness—advanced manufacturing, high-growth entrepreneurship, antitrust and promoting competition, bioeconomy, broadband, economic dynamism, export controls, financial innovation, global development, high-skill immigration, income share agreements, intellectual property, market shaping mechanisms, maker movement, net neutrality, opportunity zone policy agenda, research and experimentation tax credits, regional innovation and clusters, smart cities, revenue based entrepreneurial finance, smart infrastructure, US-China competition, and wireless.
National Security—science diplomacy, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense countering weapons of mass destruction, existential risks, critical infrastructure and resilience, and lethal autonomous weapons.
Research and Development—the federal research and development budget, high risk/high return research, portfolio analysis, advanced research project agency model replication, research commercialization, university-federal partnerships, and research administration.
Science Policy—citizen science, entrepreneurial scientists, forensic science, geoengineering, international competitiveness of U.S. science, materials genome, microbiome, national labs, national robotics initiative, national user facilities, open science, peer review, physical sciences, remote sensing, reproducibility, the science of science policy, and synthetic biology fellowships.
Space—advancing space technology, astronomical discovery, the future of space exploration, Mars and planetary discovery, space force, and space policy.
We encourage interested participants to review our existing policy papers to get a sense of existing topics in our portfolio for Day One proposals.