"The Department of Energy's (Department) Energy Innovation Hubs (Hubs) initiative addresses research challenges with potentially high impact on our national energy security. […] The balance of these activities differs from one Hub to the next, depending on technology readiness. The Hubs are composed of highly collaborative teams integrating expertise in multiple scientific disciplines, engineering fields and technology areas. Each Hub is expected to become a world-leading research and development center in its topical area by bringing together top talent across the full spectrum of research and development performers, including universities, private industry, non-profits and Government laboratories. […] The Department has committed to investing a total of $606 million in the Hubs. Since FY 2010, Congress has appropriated a total of $226.9 million to the Hubs. The Department requested $136 million for FY 2013 to operate five Hubs and add another Hub on electricity systems. Due to the significant level of funding, we initiated this audit to determine whether the Department was effectively managing its Hubs program. Our work focused on the three Hubs established at the time of our review."
Department of Energy, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OAS-M-13-08
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