Exploring Government Research and Development Fundamentals: Doing More with Less

While Federal government agency specific research and development (R&D) budgets fluctuate from year to year, the long-term decline of Federal R&D dollars as a percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) continues.[1] The challenge facing Federal R&D program managers continues to be how to run successful R&D programs in light of an unstable fiscal future? Corner Alliance is kicking off a blog series titled: “Exploring Government Research and Development Program Fundamentals: Doing More with Less” as a way to discuss key efforts that government program managers can put in place to ensure successful and transformative R&D programs. Our hope is that this blog series would assist Federal government R&D program managers in the daily challenges they face, as well as spark a conversation to explore your experiences in running and supporting Federal R&D programs.

We will explore the following framework of R&D program fundamentals aimed at establishing repeatable and scalable processes that we see as key to successful R&D programs.

Over the next several weeks, upcoming blogs will be centered on the following steps in this framework:

  • Setting R&D Program Goals & Principles
  • Establishing a Stakeholder Input Process
  • Vetting R&D Concepts with Criteria
  • Refining Prioritized Concepts into Discrete Initiatives
  • Funding & Implementing R&D Projects