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Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) 

Review of Federal Agency Policies and Scientific Integrity
Rashida Nek and Anita R. Eisenstadt. IDA Document D-8305, December 2016

Review of Federal and Non-Governmental Methane Measurement and Monitoring
Christopher T. Clavin and Anne E. Ressler. IDA Document D-8029, June 2016

Examination of Plant Breeding at U.S. Academic Institutions and Private Companies in 2015
Emily J. Sylak-Glassman, Christopher T. Clavin, Ethan A. Klein, Ryan M. Whelan, Anne E. Ressler, and Michelle S. Hindman. IDA Paper P-5331, February 2016

A Summary of Recent Federal Government Activities to Promote Spectrum Sharing
Jonathan R. Agre and Karen D. Gordon. IDA Paper P-5186, September 2015

Findings and Recommendations from the Supercharged Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Reentry Workshop
Martha V. Merrill, Ryan M. Whelan, and Sharon R. Williams. IDA Paper P-5250, April 2015

Federal Ethics Rules and Their Impacts on Recruiting and Retaining Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Policy
Vanessa Peña, Michael C. Mineiro, and Ryan M. Whelan, IDA Paper P-5208, November 2014

Analyzing the Telecommunications Equipment Sector Using a Qualitative Framework
Brian Cohen, Nayanee Gupta, Jonathan R. Agre, and Huan Lin Zhang, IDA Document D-5346, October 2014

Research Collaborations Between Universities and Department of Defense Laboratories
Nayanee Gupta, Brian J. Sergi, Emma D. Tran, Rashida Nek, and Susannah V. Howieson, IDA Document D-5230, July 2014

Best Practices for Federal Research and Development Facility Partnerships
Vanessa Peña, Ryan M. Whelan, and Susannah V. Howieson, IDA Paper P-5148, June 2014

Federal Term Appointment Hiring Authorities for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Personnel
Daniel E. Basco, Emma D. Tran, Steven B. Walser, Mary R. Hawkins, and Michael C. Mineiro, IDA Document D-5148, April 2014

Options for Enabling Innovation with a Photonics Foundry Ecosystem
Brian S. Cohen, Robert F. Leheny, Daniel J. Radack, Vashisht Sharma, Marko MG Slusarczuk, and Huan L. Zhang, IDA Document D-5162, April 2014

History of the Critical Position Pay Authority and Options to Support Its Use
Vanessa Peña and Michael C. Mineiro, IDA Document D-5159, March 2014

Department of Defense Utilization of Military Scientists and Engineers
IDA Paper P-5082, March 2014

A Review of Approaches to Sharing or Relinquishing Agency-Assigned Spectrum
Karen D. Gordon, Jonathan R. Agre, Daniel K. Correa, Bill Brykczynski, J. Katharine Burton, Leo H. Jones, Jr., Michael C. Mineiro, and Brian David A. Mussington, IDA Paper P-5102, January 2014

Federal Personnel Exchange Mechanisms
Susannah V. Howieson, Elmer Yglesias, Samuel L. Blazek, Emma D. Tran, IDA Document D-4906, November 2013

Federal Partnerships for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Large Instrumentation
Vanessa Peña, Susannah V. Howieson, and Stephanie S. Shipp, IDA Document D-4937, June 2013

Department of Energy Technology Maturation Programs
Susannah V. Howieson, Elaine M. Sedenberg, Brian J. Sergi, and Stephanie S. Shipp, IDA Paper P-5013, May 2013

Department of Energy Agreements for Commercializing Technology
Susannah V. Howieson, Brian J. Sergi, and Stephanie S. Shipp, IDA Paper P-5006, April 2013

Attracting and Retaining Science and Engineering Talent in the Federal Government: A Workshop Summary  
Bill Brykczynski, Pamela Ebert Flattau, and Rashida Nek, IDA Document D-4740, February 2013

Expediting the Transfer of Technology from Government Laboratories into the Aeronautics Industry   
Bhavya Lal, Sherrica S. Holloman, Rob Mahoney, Christopher A. Martin, Kristen A. Koopman, Richard P. Hallion, and Sally A. Rood, IDA Paper P-4952, February 2013

Guidance for Employing Foreign Citizen Scientists and Engineers at Department of Defense Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratories
Asha Balakrishnan, Susannah V. Howieson, and Elizabeth C. Lee, IDA Document D-4786, February 2013

A Study of Facilities and Infrastructure Planning, Prioritization, and Assessment at Federal Security Laboratories (Revised)
Susannah V. Howieson, Vanessa Peña, Stephanie S. Shipp, Kristen A. Koopman, Justin A. Scott, and Christopher T. Clavin, IDA Paper P-4916, Revised, February 2013

Federal Security Laboratory Governance Panels: Observations and Recommendations
Susannah V. Howieson, Christopher T. Clavin, Elaine M. Sedenberg, IDA Paper P-4940, January 2013

Innovation Pipeline Management: Lessons Learned from the Federal Government and Private Sector
Bhavya Lal, Nayanee Gupta, and Christopher L. Weber, IDA Document NS D-5367, January 2012

A Survey of Entrepreneurship Education Initiatives
Vanessa Peña, Morghan Transue, Alison Riggieri, Stephanie Shipp, and Richard Van Atta, IDA Document NS D-4091, May 2010

The National Defense Education Act of 1958: Selected Outcomes
Pamela Ebert Flattau, Jerome Bracken, Richard H. Van Atta, Rodolfo de la Cruz, Kay Sullivan, IDA Document D-3306, December 2005

Space Transportation Analysis
Dan Garretson, James Woolsey, Bruce Harmon, Emile Ettedgui, Shaun McGee, Marshall Kaplan, and Charles Cool, IDA Document D-3109, February 2005

National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST)

Scientific Collections: Mission-Critical Infrastructure for Federal Scientific Agencies
Pamela Ebert Flattau, Margaret Boeckmann, Rodolfo de la Cruz, Paul Lagasse, Nyema Mitchell, Malcolm Patterson, and Darius Singpurwalla, IDA Document D-3694, December 2007

S&T Collaboration: Ideas for Enhancing European-American Cooperation
President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, October 2004

Federal-State R&D Cooperation: Improving the Likelihood of Success
President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, June 2004

Department of Commerce (DOC) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Case Studies of Community Resilience Policy
Nayanee Gupta, Christopher T. Clavin, Zoe E. Petropoulos, Austin B. Mudd, Rashida Nek, and Sally S. Tinkle, NIST GCR 16-002, May 2016

Technology Transfer and Commercialization Landscape of the Federal Laboratories
Mary Elizabeth Hughes, Susannah Vale Howieson, Gina Walejko, Nayanee Gupta, Seth Jonas, Ashley T. Brenner, Dawn Holmes, Edward Shyu, and Stephanie Shipp, IDA Paper NS P-4728, June 2011

Measuring Innovation and Intangibles: A Business Perspective
Alexandra Stone, Susan Rose, Bhavya Lal, and Stephanie Shipp, IDA Document D-3704, December 2008

Department of Defense (DOD)

Exemplar Practices for Department of Defense Technology Transfer
Susannah V. Howieson, Stephanie S. Shipp, Gina K. Walejko, Pamela B. Rambow, Vanessa Peña, Sherrica S. Holloman, and Philip N. Miller, IDA Paper P-4957, January 2013

Assessment of the Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR): Final Report, Volume I – Summary
B. Zuckerman, P. Boardman, A. Hodges, W. Jeffrey, N. Karvonides, K. Sullivan, R. Van Atta, C. Viola Srivastava, and E. Yglesias, IDA Document D-3649, October 2008

Assessment of the Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR): Final Report, Volume II – Supporting Material
B. Zuckerman, P. Boardman, A. Hodges, W. Jeffrey, N. Karvonides, K. Sullivan, R. Van Atta, C. Viola Srivastava, and E. Yglesias, IDA Document D-3649, October 2008

Department of Energy (DOE)

Research Strategies for Detection and Measurement of Oil and Gas Sector Methane Emissions 
Christopher T. Clavin, Leslie S. Abrahams and Alexis M. W. McKittrick, IDA Paper P-8315, January 2017 

Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Evaluating Options for Civil Space Situational Awareness (SSA) 
Emily S. Nightingale, Bhavya Lal, Brian C. Weeden, Alyssa J. Picard, and Anita R. Eisenstadt IDA Paper NS P-8038, August 2016

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) 

Global Trends in Small Satellites
Bhavya Lal, Elena de la Rosa Blanco, Jonathan R. Behrens, Benjamin A. Corbin, E. K. Green, Alyssa J. Picard, and Asha Balakrishnan, IDA Paper P-8638, July 2017 

Global Trends in Space, Volume 1: Background and Overall Findings
Global Trends in Space, Volume 2: Trends by Subsector and Factors that Could Disrupt Them 
Bhavya Lal, Emily J. Sylak-Glassman, Michael C. Mineiro, Nayanee Gupta, Lucas M. Pratt, and Abigail R. Azari, IDA Paper P-5242, June 2015 

Innovation Policies of Brazil
Nayanee Gupta, Christopher Weber, Vanessa Peña, Stephanie S. Shipp, and David, W. Healey, IDA Paper P-5039, September 2013

Innovation Policies of Russia 
Nayanee Gupta, Stephanie S. Shipp, Sarah H. Nash, G. James Herrera, and David W. Healey, IDA Paper P-5079, September 2013

Innovation Policies of South Korea
Nayanee Gupta, David W. Healey, Aliza M. Stein, and Stephanie S. Shipp, IDA Document D-4984, August 2013

Pathways to Cooperation between the Intelligence Community and the Social and Behavioral Science Communities
Steven E. Koonin, Sallie A. Keller, Stephanie S. Shipp, Ted W. Allen, and Gina K. Walejko, IDA Paper P-5000, May 2013

Emerging Global Trends in Advanced Manufacturing
Stephanie S. Shipp, Nayanee Gupta, Bhavya Lal, Justin A. Scott, Christopher L. Weber, Michael S. Finnin, Meredith Blake, Sherrica Newsome, and Samuel Thomas, IDA Paper P-4603, March 2012

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)

Current and Potential Use of Technology Forecasting Tools in the Federal Government
Emily J. Sylak-Glassman, Sharon R. Williams, and Nayanee Gupta. IDA Document D-5735, March 2016 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 

Early Stage Research and Technology at U.S. Federal Government Agencies
Vanessa Peña, Susannah V. Howieson, Bhavya Lal, Jonathan R. Behrens, Brian L. Zuckerman, Martha V. Merrill, and Julian L. Zhu. IDA Document D-8481, April 2017

Global Trends in Space, Volume 1: Background and Overall Findings
Global Trends in Space, Volume 2: Trends by Subsector and Factors that Could Disrupt Them 
Bhavya Lal, Emily J. Sylak-Glassman, Michael C. Mineiro, Nayanee Gupta, Lucas M. Pratt, and Abigail R. Azari, IDA Paper P-5242, June 2015 

Global Trends in Civil and Commercial Space (Presentation)
Bhavya Lal, Emily J. Sylak-Glassman, and Nayanee Gupta, IDA Document NS D-5682, October 2015 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI)

An Outcome Evaluation of the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award Program for Fiscal Years 2007–2009
Sally S. Tinkle, Justin C. Mary, Jonathan E. Snavely, Cassidy A. Pomeroy-Carter, and Christopher K. Tokita, IDA Paper P-8478, December 2016

An Evaluation of the National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award Program Finalists for Fiscal Years 2007–2009
Sally S. Tinkle, Justin C. Mary, Jonathan E. Snavely, Cassidy A. Pomeroy-Carter, and Christopher K. Tokita, IDA Paper P-8480, December 2016

Technology Development at the National Institutes of Health (NIH): Summary Report
Brian L. Zuckerman, Judith A. Hautala, and Rashida Nek, IDA Document D-5712, November 2015

An Outcome Evaluation of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's Pioneer Award (NDPA) Program, FY 2004–2006 
Bhavya Lal, Alyson G. Wilson, Seth Jonas, Elizabeth C. Lee, Amy M. Richards, and Vanessa I. Peña, IDA Paper P-4899, August 2012

Process Evaluation of the Large-Scale Collaborative Project Awards (Glue Grants) of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) 
Brian Zuckerman and Christina Viola Srivastava, IDA Document NS D-4051, July 2010

Feasibility Study for Evaluation of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS)
Brian Zuckerman and Christina Viola Srivastava, Science and Technology Policy Institute, IDA Document NS D-4038, March 2010

Process Evaluation of the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award Program: FY 2004–2008
Bhavya Lal, Ritu Chaturvedi, Adrienne Zhu, Mary Beth Hughes, Stephanie Shipp, Christina Kang, Amy Marshall, and Elmer Yglesias, Science and Technology Policy Institute, IDA Document D-4014, January 2010

Transforming Translation-Harnessing Discovery for Patient and Public Benefit
Report of the Translational Research Working Group of the National Cancer Advisory Board, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 2007

Restructuring the National Cancer Clinical Trials Enterprise
Report of the Clinical Trials Working Group of the National Cancer Advisory Board, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, June 2005

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Assessment of the National Science Foundation's Overseas Offices: Final Report
Brian L. Zuckerman, Rachel A. Parker, Brian J. Sergi, Daniel E. Basco, and Austin B. Mudd. IDA Document D-5424, February 2015

Evaluation of the National Science Foundation's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR): Final Report
Brian L. Zuckerman, Rachel A. Parker, Thomas W. Jones, Brian Q. Rieksts, Ian D. Simon, Gilbert J. Watson III, Elaine A. Sedenberg, Sherrica S. Holloman, Ryan M. Whelan, Lucas M. Pratt, Christopher T. Clavin, Abigail R. Azari, Mitchell J. Ambrose, Jessica N. Brooks, and Pamela B. Rambow. IDA Paper P-5221, December 2014

Increasing Competitiveness of Investigators and Concentration Modeling: Quantitative Approaches
Thomas W. Jones, Brian Q. Rieksts, and Brian L. Zuckerman. IDA Document NS D-5320, October 2014

Methods for Evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR): Qualitative Analyses/Enhanced Research Base
Rachel A. Parker and Brian L. Zuckerman. IDA Document NS D-5321, October 2014

Methodology for the Evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Brian L. Zuckerman, Rachel A. Parker, Thomas W. Jones, and Brian Q. Rieksts. IDA Document NS D-5322, October 2014

Advanced Technology-Enhanced Education: A Workshop Report  
Brian L. Zuckerman, Abigail R. Azari, and William E. J. Doane. IDA Document D-5084, December 2013

The Role of the National Science Foundation in the Origin and Evolution of Additive Manufacturing in the United States
Christopher L. Weber, Vanessa Peña, Maxwell K. Micali, Elmer Yglesias, Sally A. Rood, Justin A.Scott, and Bhavya Lal. IDA Paper P-5091, November 2013

The Impact of Predictive Avoidance Restrictions on Astronomical Observatories
Steven D. Kramer, Science and Technology Policy Institute, IDA Document D-4202, November 2010

Strategies for Evaluating Engineering Education Research
Bhavya Lal, IDA Document D-3739, January 2009

Portfolio Evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s Grants Program on “International Research and Education in Engineering” (IREE)
Pamela Ebert Flattau, Bhavya Lal, Allison Laskey, and Joseph J. Ford, III, IDA Document D-3727, January 2009

The Evaluation of Engineering Education Research: Emerging Issues and Promising Developments (Workshop Report)
Asha Balakrishnan, Bhavya Lal, and Pamela Ebert Flattau, IDA Document D-3726, January 2009

Early Outcomes of the National Science Foundation’s Grants Program on “How People Learn Engineering” (HPLE)
Pamela Ebert Flattau, Bhavya Lal, Colleen Horin, Haley Martinez, and Joseph J. Ford III, IDA Document D-3725, January 2009

Portfolio Evaluation of the National Science Foundation’s Grants Program for the Department-Level Reform (DLR) of Undergraduate Engineering Education
Stephanie Shipp, Nyema Mitchell, and Bhavya Lal, IDA Document D-3724, January 2009

Preliminary Findings from the NSF Survey of Object-Based Scientific Collections: 2008
Pamela Ebert Flattau, Margaret Boeckmann, Paul Lagasse, Nyema Mitchell, and Darius Singpurwalla, IDA Document D-3707, December 2008

Other Publications

Emerging Trends in the Commercial Space Sector: Need for Responsive Policy Reform? (Presentation)
Bhavya Lal, IDA Document NS D-8471, April 2017

A Review of the BUILDER Application for Assessing Federal Laboratory Facilities
G. James Herrera, Chelsea A. Stokes, Vanessa Peña, Susannah V. Howieson, IDA Document D-8407, February 2017

Valuation Methodologies for Rocket Motors from Excess Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles
Keith W. Crane, IDA Document D-8342, February 2017

On-Orbit Manufacturing and Assembly of Spacecraft
Iain D. Boyd, Reina S. Buenconsejo, Danielle Piskorz, Bhavya Lal, Elena De La Rosa Blanco, and Keith W. Crane, IDA Paper P-8335, January 2017

Report to the President — Fiscal Year 2015 

The CubeSat Ecosystem: Examining the Launch Niche (Paper and Presentation) 
Emily S. Nightingale, Lucas M. Pratt, and Asha Balakrishnan, IDA Document NS D-5678, December 2015

Developing Human Capital in China - Implications for the United States
Bhavya Lal, IDA Research Notes, Winter 2007, p. 1719