The Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) is a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary public policy research institute. The Institute builds research teams from various academic disciplines and examines pressing and complex issues related to science and technology to help inform difficult public policy questions. ISTPP examines how science and technology are framed and communicated to decision makers and the public and the circumstances under which that science and technology information becomes a meaningful part of the policy process. ISTPP then communicates its research-based findings to the public and decision makers. Furthermore, by including select students in its research activities, ISTPP enhances the education of future policy makers and faculty.
The Institute conducts basic and applied interdisciplinary research in four substantive areas:
ISTPP provides expertise in conducting the following types of research:
The Institute has been conducting interdisciplinary research for over a decade. To date, ISTPP has attracted over $15.9 million in competitive funding from federal and state agencies for over 21 research projects. The value added by ISTPP researchers extends beyond the Institute and the Bush School to other departments across campus and throughout the University system.Crosscutting Research - Climate Change, Energy and Water Policy
With support from over $4.5 million in competitive grants, the Institute furthers understanding of the increasingly important area of climate change policy. ISTPP has conducted six federally funded climate change projects with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Institute has recently completed a national energy policy survey and a national water policy survey.Partnering on Research across the United States and Abroad
ISTPP has collaborated with over 200 researchers from the Texas A&M University System and other U.S. universities on research proposals, funded projects, and scholarship. This includes having worked with at least 36 departments and numerous research centers, institutes, and programs.
The Institute disseminates research findings based on its projects and surveys to both academics and practitioners through scholarly publications and conferences, as well as presentations to both government agencies and practitioners. MIT Press published a book by ISTPP researchers that has been beneficial to both policymakers and academics. In addition, ISTPP researchers have produced over 65 published scholarly articles, 27 published book chapters, 10 dissertations and master's theses, and numerous reports and conference presentations.
ISTPP offers research experience opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to augment their training as future decision and policy makers. Students work with faculty, research scientists, and practitioners on ISTPP's interdisciplinary research projects and proposals. More than 50 Bush School students, as well as students from across Texas A&M University and other U.S. and international universities, have worked and trained at the Institute.
ISTPP employs doctoral students and post-doctoral research associates each year who contribute to ongoing research projects at the Institute. Over 26 students planning to pursue academic careers have worked on ISTPP projects. They are able to collaborate with scholars and policymakers on interdisciplinary projects, gaining valuable experience that will further their academic careers as future university faculty.
With over $15 million in externally funded research grants, the Institute focuses on interdisciplinary research in selected areas of science, technology, and policy analysis.