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Matchmaking Is Part of the Party as ARPA-E Marks Its First Birthday

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Science  12 Mar 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5971, pp. 1317
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5971.1317

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A little more than a year after the U.S. Congress bestowed $400 million in stimulus funding on an agency that at the time consisted of little more than file cabinets, the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) is firing on all cylinders. Last week, it marked its first anniversary with a coming-out party. But the 1700 politicians, scientists, industrialists, and investors who attended the 3-day summit in a suburb of Washington, D.C., did more than celebrate a good start. The meeting heralded the agency's fresh approach to doing business, including giving researchers—both funded and rejected by ARPA-E—a chance to interest prospective backers in their scientific wares.