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ARPA-E Impact

Since 2009, ARPA-E has provided approximately $1.8 billion in R&D funding for more than 660 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, a second volume was released in 2017, and a third volume in 2018. Click the thumbnails below to learn more and download a PDF copy.

    Volume 1 Volume 2Volume 3

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 2018, ARPA-E announced that many of its project teams have continued to advance their technologies: 71 have formed new companies; 109 have partnered with another government agency; and 136 teams have together raised more than $2.6 billion in private-sector follow-on funding to continue to advance their technology toward the market. Moreover, as of February 2018, ARPA-E projects have helped advance scientific understanding and technological innovation through 1,724 peer-reviewed journal articles and 245 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.  

   Impact Indicators

 

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.