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Project Title:

Best Practice in National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics
PIN: PGA-STEP-09-03        

Major Unit:

Policy and Global Affairs

Sub Unit: Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy

RSO: Shivakumar, Sujai

Subject/Focus Area: Engineering and Technology; International Issues; Policy for Science and Technology

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will examine and compare selected innovation programs both foreign and domestic, and their potential to advance the production of flexible electronics technology in the United States.  The analysis, carried out under the direction of the Committee, will include a review of the goals, concept, structure, operation, funding levels, and evaluation of foreign programs similar to major U.S. programs, e.g., innovation awards, S&T parks, and consortia.  To assess these programs, the Committee will convene a series of meetings to gather data from responsible officials and program managers, and encourage a systematic dissemination of information and analysis as a means of better understanding the transition of flexible electronics research into products and to identify specific recommendations to improve and to develop U.S. programs.

Specifically, the Committee will examine the role of research consortia around the world to advance flexible electronics technology, comparing their structure, focus, funding, and likely impact, and determining what appropriate steps the U.S. might consider to the develop the industry in the United States.  This review will include the potential of the industry, the possible contributions of a consortium, and other measures contributing to the development of the industry in the United States.  The Committee will undertake workshops to carry out this analysis, prepare a workshop summary capturing the tacit knowledge expressed, commission additional analyses, and develop findings and recommendations for inclusion in the Committee's final consensus report.

The Project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Energy.

The approximate start date for the project is September 29, 2009

A summary will be issued of the workshops held in the course of the study. A final report will be issued at the end of the study in approximately 22 months.

Note: 12/19/2013. Sponsor list updated to include the U.S. Department of Energy.

Project Duration: 30 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 08/25/2010
 Meeting 2 - 09/23/2010
 Meeting 3 - 09/24/2010
 Meeting 4 - 02/08/2011
 Meeting 5 - 06/05/2013
 Meeting 6 - 11/18/2013
 Meeting 7 - 01/23/2014


Reports having no URL can be seen
at the Public Access Records Office
Flexible Electronics for Security, Manufacturing, and Growth in the United States: Summary of a Symposium
The Flexible Electronics Opportunity