Linking Research to Market: Talking Energy Innovation with ARPA-E’s Cheryl Martin

Matthew Stepp March 28, 2013
March 28, 2013

In the final part of an interview series with ARPA-E's Cheryl Martin, Matthew Stepp asked her to cover a pervasive issue in innovation policy: linking research and emerging technologies to market. In particular, a major concern of ARPA-E is that doesn’t have a dedicated end-user that’s going to procure emerging technologies, like DARPA has at the Department of Defense (DOD). DARPA is ARPA-E’s kindred spirit and many opine that until it gains a large-scale early adopter, its impact won’t reach that of its defense brethren because it won’t be able to bridge the technology “valleys-of-death” that plague many new innovations from reaching commercial scale.