DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee Meets to Discuss International Benchmarking Report
Aug 30, 2021
According to Friend, the International Benchmarking Report aimed to:
- identify key areas of its mission-relevant research and facility capabilities in which U.S. leadership is most threatened,
- advise on modifications to existing trade-offs or new ways to leverage scarce resources, and
- identify incentives that will retain and attract scientific talent.
The subcommittee developing the report looked also at how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the U.S.’s global position in basic energy research and has found that it is imperative DOE programs aim to shorten the time from discovery to application. Friend commented that there is a need to better facilitate an overlap between basic, user-inspired, applied, and industrial research.
This is the first time the Advisory Committee has met since December. For more information, please visit: https://science.osti.gov/bes/besac/Meetings/Meeting-Presentations/202108.