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ARPA-E Impact

Since 2009, ARPA-E has provided approximately $1.5 billion in R&D funding for more than 580 potentially transformational energy technology projects. ARPA-E analyzes and catalogues some of the Agency’s most successful projects through its “impact sheets,” which explore a sampling of individual projects and their achievements.

The Agency’s first compilation booklet of impact sheets was published in 2016, and a second volume was released in 2017. Click the thumbnails below to learn more and download a PDF copy.

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ARPA-E tracks key early indicators that help illustrate how the advanced R&D funded by the Agency can potentially turn into commercial impact, including private-sector follow-on funding, new company formation, partnership with other government agencies, publications, inventions, and patents. In February 2017, ARPA-E announced that many of its project teams have continued to advance their technologies: 56 have formed new companies; 68 have partnered with another government agency; and 74 teams have together raised more than $1.8 billion in private-sector follow-on funding to continue to advance their technology toward the market. Moreover, as of February 2017, ARPA-E projects have helped advance scientific understanding and technological innovation through 1,328 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1,493 reported subject inventions, and 208 patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. These indicators demonstrate that ARPA-E’s approach to selecting, funding, and actively managing early-stage energy R&D continues to pay off, advancing the state of the art in energy science and engineering and defining new opportunities for commercialization of advanced energy technologies.    


2017 Metrics with Patents and Publications


As mandated by ARPA-E’s authorizing statute, the National Academy of Sciences completed in June 2017 a review of ARPA-E that provides an independent assessment of the impact of the agency over its first few years of operation. The report can be accessed on the NAS website here.