Since their inception in the 1940’s, the Department of Energy (DOE) National Labs have been in the vanguard of America’s global innovation leadership. While their initial focus was on developing and engineering the world’s first atomic bomb, the Labs now conduct more than $12.5 billion in publicly funded research and development (R&D) on a wide range of national issues, including energy, physics, nuclear weapons management, and advanced materials. In addition, the Labs collaborate with the industry and universities, bringing its world-class capabilities to solve private sector and academic problems. Without a doubt, the Labs have played a central role in developing breakthrough science and technologies during the past 60 years.
Yet, the Labs are even more important in the rapidly changing 21st century innovation economy and keeping the United States at the cutting edge of science and technology. Please join the House Science and National Labs Caucus, the Center for Clean Energy Innovation, and panel of experts from industry and Labs to discuss the fundamental role the Labs play in spurring U.S. innovation and the leading capabilities and research currently being developed.