2022 Climate-Tech Policy “Boot Camp” for Early Career Researchers

Applications invited!

  • Application due date: February 14, 2022 
  • Boot camp dates: June 5-10, 2022
  • Boot camp location: Washington, D.C.

The Center for Clean Energy Innovation at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is pleased to invite applicants to participate in its 2022 climate-tech policy “boot camp” for early career researchers. The boot camp’s main purpose is to strengthen researchers’ understanding of how leaders in government, business, and finance make policy and management decisions, so their research has greater impact on real-world clean energy and climate innovation outcomes.

A central feature of the boot camp will be face-to-face discussions with key players shaping the climate-tech policy landscape in the United States. These discussions will span Congress, the executive branch, venture capital, institutional finance, and a diverse set of emissions sectors. The 2022 event will build on the success of our first boot camp in 2019.

Researchers with a background in any discipline and working in any institutional setting (academic, government, private etc.) who meet these three qualifications are invited to apply:

  1. Earned a Ph.D. in 2011 or later;
  2. Published research in the open literature on energy and climate innovation policy or management; and
  3. Actively pursuing a research program in this field.

Female, African-American, and Hispanic researchers are particularly encouraged to apply. Researchers from outside the United States are welcome to apply, but must describe a research program that focuses on U.S. policy or management issues.

The boot camp will be held in Washington, D.C., from Sunday, June 5, to Friday, June 10, 2022. It will be an immersive experience. All participants must participate throughout the week. Applicants are asked not to apply unless they can make a full commitment to participate for the entire week.

Thanks to generous support from the Sloan Foundation, ITIF will cover all expenses for the boot camp, including participants’ travel, food, lodging, and local transportation.

To apply, please send the following two items to [email protected]:

  1. A statement of 750-1,000 words that describes your interests and qualifications; and
  2. A curriculum vitae.

In addition, each applicant must be recommended by a researcher who is familiar with the applicant’s work. The recommendation should briefly describe the applicant’s accomplishments and potential future contributions to the field of climate innovation policy and management and assess how the applicant would benefit from the boot camp. The letter should be submitted directly by the recommender to [email protected].

Selection criteria will be:

  • Quality of research;
  • Potential to gain from participation; and
  • Diversity across disciplines, issues, methods, and demographic groups.

Completed applications, including the recommendation letter, must be received by 11:59 PM ET on February 14. Applicants will be notified of the decision on March 1.

Program Planning Committee


  • Anna P. Goldstein, Research Assistant Professor and Executive Director of the Energy Transition Institute at University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • David M. Hart, Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University; and Director, Center for Clean Energy Innovation, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation


  • Morgan Bazilian, Professor and Director, Payne Institute for Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines
  • Sanya Carley, Professor, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
  • Gabriel Chan, Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Joanna Lewis, Associate Professor, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Timothy Lieuwen, Professor and Executive Director, Strategic Energy Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Gregory Nemet, Professor, La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • David Popp, Professor, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • Tobias Schmidt, Professor and Director, Institute of Science, Technology and Policy, ETH Zürich
  • Leah Stokes, Associate Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California Santa Barbara
  • David Victor, Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California San Diego