A Decision Framework for Prioritizing Industrial Materials Research and Development

A Decision Framework for Prioritizing Industrial Materials Research and Development

A Decision Framework for Prioritizing Industrial Materials Research and Development

A Decision Framework for Prioritizing Industrial Materials Research and Development

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Federal research and development sponsors, managers, and other decisionmakers are faced with increasingly difficult choices on how to best allocate shrinking resources among various R&D programs. As part of a study performed for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this report describes a structured method, in the form of a decision framework developed by RAND, for identifying priorities in materials R&D. The study's objective is to define research priorities for the Industrial Materials for the Future program of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Industrial Technologies.

A RAND documented briefing published earlier on the initial results of the study (DB-364-NREL) identified research challenges in meeting industry-defined performance targets for energy savings, waste reduction, and productivity improvement across multiple industries. The decision framework described in this report provides a structured method for ranking research activities that address those multipleindustry research challenges.

This report should be of interest to research and development sponsors, managers, and those who perform research, and individuals or organizations that develop or use new technologies.

This study was performed under the auspices of RAND Science and Technology. Inquiries regarding RAND Science and Technology may be directed to:

Stephen Rattien Director RAND Science and Technology 1200 South Hayes Street Arlington, VA 22202-5050 Phone: (703) 413-1100 x5219 Email: stinfo@rand.org RAND Science and Technology Web site: www.rand.org/scitech/

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