CABA Information Series
(IS-2014-180) Turning the Page: Reimagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy
This report focuses on the Department of Energy’s National Labs, which have been a cornerstone of high-impact, federally funded research and development. The report proposes a more flexible lab-management model that strengthens the labs’ ability to address national needs and produce a consistent flow of innovative ideas and technologies. The fundamental idea is to build policy reforms that re-envision the lab system. The purpose of this report is to put forth a set of recommendations that will bring greater efficiency and effectiveness to the DOE lab system, produce more relevant research, and increasingly allow that research to be pulled into the private sector.