Advocacy, Government Agency and Science Policy

MRS contributes to the development of the U.S. government's science and technology policy in materials-related areas by:

  1. responding to and initiating opportunities to interact with government officials and public and private organizations on matters of science and technology policy,  
  2. serving as a resource for reliable, unbiased technical and professional information, and  
  3. stimulating responsible technical discussion and facilitating the exchange of information between policy makers, materials scientists, engineers, and the public.  

At each meeting, we invite a number of government agency representatives to speak on current priorities and funding opportunities in materials research. Below, you’ll find a list of Government Agency Sessions as well as Advocacy and Policy events that were held during the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting.

Tue., November 276:00 pm - 6:45 pm

European Commission »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay A

Dr. Renzo Tomellini discussed Horizon 2020, the recently proposed European funding scheme for research and innovation, part of the drive to create competitive, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe. It combines pertinent EU funding schemes into one. Horizon 2020 is expected to strengthen the EU's position in science and industrial leadership and address societal challenges.   

Tue., November 277:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Government Agency Session - Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay A

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Chemical/Biological Technologies Department (DTRA-CB) funds cutting-edge science and technology development for defense against chemical and biological threats. This presentation introduced MRS members to the nanomaterials-related areas of interest to DTRA-CB, such as the Nanostructured Active Therapeutic Vehicles (NATV) Program. Best practices to get S&T funding from DTRA and the Department of Defense were also discussed.

Wed., November 285:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Congressional Fellowship Program Information Session »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 3rd Floor, Fairfax B

MRS offers exciting opportunities for scientists to learn about the field of science policy by spending one year as a Special Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC. Attendees learned about the MRS/OSA and MRS/TMS Congressional Fellowships and heard from current and former fellows about their experiences as scientists in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Thu., November 296:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Government Agency Session - U.S. Department of Energy-Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DOE-BES) »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay A

Dr. Harriet Kung delivered Materials Research Directions and Opportunities-Basic Energy Sciences, which included an overview of the current BES research portfolio and a discussion of future directions as defined through BES workshops, including research for clean energy, computational materials sciences, and the Early Career Research program.

Thu., November 296:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Government Agency Session - Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay B

Dr. David Moehring is a program manager for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) where he is responsible for the Multi-Qubit Coherent Operations Program that addresses the technical challenges of operating multiple qubits in close proximity. He presented "Materials Research Support at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity."

Thu., November 297:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Government Agency Session - U.S. Department of Energy-Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) »

Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Back Bay A

Howard Branz, program director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, discussed "Transformational Research for the U.S. Energy Future."

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