How Federal Funding for Basic Research Spurs Clean Energy Discoveries the World Needs: Eight Case Studies

March 13, 2024


  • Addressing climate change on a global scale will require a wide array of clean energy technologies that are as cheap and effective as dirty energy. But the world is still a long way away from developing all the clean technologies we need.
  • Funding for early-stage climate-tech research at universities is largely overlooked by policymakers, as advocates call for policies to force markets to adopt the clean energy solutions that are available now. This needs to change.
  • Despite breakthroughs in university-based clean energy research, costs and other barriers continue to obstruct pathways to market-ready innovations.
  • Policies that prioritize funding for basic research projects are bolstering the nation’s power to innovate and therefore are fostering long-term economic growth.