Research and Development

Research and Development

DOE Could Enhance the Project Selection Process for Government Oil and Natural Gas Research : Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Committee on Appropriations, U.S. Senate

Printed Ephemera - 2008
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DOE keeps abreast of industry R&D activities and uses a project selection process to ensure that its efforts address industry R&D needs; however, DOE does not formally assess whether industry would undertake this R&D without federal funding. According to DOE officials, DOE participates in numerous consortia, conferences, technical associations, and workshops with the oil and gas industry. Based on its awareness of industry needs gathered from participation at these events, DOE develops research priorities that drive its project solicitations. Applications for individual oil and gas R&D projects are then screened to ensure that the applicant (1) explains the significance of the problem the proposal addresses; (2) demonstrates understanding of the current technology and information gaps; and (3) considers the likelihood that the project will advance the current state of technology. In its review of DOE's oil and gas R&D budget, OMB has challenged DOE to better justify the need for government research.

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