Matt Hourihan

Matt Hourihan
Director, R&D Budget and Policy Program
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Hourihan is the director of the R&D Budget and Policy Program for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where he is a regular source of information and analyses on past, present, and future science budgets for policymakers and the science community. He has served in this position since 2011.

Prior to joining AAAS, he served as a clean energy policy analyst at the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF). While at ITIF, he tracked federal energy R&D investments and innovation activities, and authored several white papers and policy briefs exploring the role of innovation in solving the nation's energy and climate challenges. He also regularly coordinated Congressional briefings, conferences, and events bringing together leading experts in government, industry, and academia. Previously, he served as Jan Schori Fellow at the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a coalition of energy firms and utilities working to engage policymakers for market-based solutions to sustainable energy development and climate change.

As a student, he interned with the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Congress, now the Office of Government Relations. He earned a masters degree in public policy with a focus on science and technology policy at George Mason University, and a B.A. in journalism from Ithaca College. He has also served as a cause communications professional and journalist in a variety of roles.

Recent Publications

November 23, 2011

A brief update on energy innovation activities within the Department of Defense.

November 10, 2011

Rather than debating clean energy innovation versus deployment, we should be finding ways that deployment can serve innovation.

November 7, 2011

America actually faces three deficits—the budget deficit, the trade deficit, and the investment deficit—that, if left unchecked, could total over $41 trillion in the next 10 years.

September 16, 2011

Thomas Friedman’s ongoing love of carbon prices leaves him with an innovation blind spot.

September 1, 2011

The bankruptcy of solar firm Solyndra offers an important lesson about failure in innovation.

August 19, 2011

ITIF argues for trade-focused policies to boost domestic competitiveness in the clean economy.

August 1, 2011

A look at Australia’s new climate change package, which includes a carbon price and clear investment in innovation.

July 29, 2011

In a time of austerity, drilling revenues could offer a supplementary source of clean energy innovation.

July 20, 2011

Congress should pass the e-KNOW Act and take other steps to enable ICT-based innovation in energy.

July 15, 2011

Policymakers should increase the royalty rate on offshore drilling to produce a steady, dedicated stream for clean energy innovation.

July 6, 2011

The Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is driving energy innovation and laying the groundwork for new industries. It deserves better from Congress than steep budget cuts.

June 28, 2011

A new report on energy innovation from Google spotlights the upside of clean energy—so long as we get both the technology and the policy right.

Recent Events and Presentations

October 27, 2016

With the next meeting of the parties to the climate change agreement set to begin in Morocco on November 7, join ITIF to discuss what the United States has been doing to keep this promise and what may be on the horizon for federal clean energy research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) in the next four years.

November 17, 2011

At Energy Innovation 2011, leading energy policy thinkers will address core issues and counter misguided but widely held beliefs about the clean energy innovation.

March 31, 2011

Members of Congress, senior leaders from the Department of Defense and leading thinkers in the private and NGO sectors discuss energy innovation at DOD.