Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

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Company Strapline: Science for Policy. Policy for Science.

Founded In: 1994
901 N Stuart Street Arlington, VA, 22203
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The Potomac Institution for Policy Studies is a science and technology (S&T) policy research institute that is independent, neutral, and non-profit. The Institute identifies and conducts conversations on critical science, technology, and national security concerns that our society faces, as well as offering an academic venue for the study of connected policy topics. We generate relevant policy proposals based on data and facts and oversee their implementation at the junction of industry and government.

Artificial intelligence, big data analytics, biotechnology, robotics, and nanotechnology, among other sectors, are transforming our way of life, from industry to medical. Disruptive technologies pose special obstacles, and policy formulation and implementation frequently lag behind technology adoption.

The Potomac Institute’s mission is to (1) identify major new technologies or scientific disciplines with disruptive potential, (2) foresee and comprehend the anticipated social effects of these innovations, and (3) advise the government on effective policy alternatives.

The Institute is well aware that the most challenging aspect of policy development is implementation. As a consequence, we don’t just perform a world-class investigation and issue a report. As a think and “do” tank, we roll up our sleeves!

The Potomac Institute, founded in 1994, continues the heritage of the previous Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the United States Congress by offering unbiased, data-driven analysis and policy recommendations on a wide variety of science and technology issues. Over the years, the Potomac Institute has established itself as the “go-to” resource for independent, impartial, and well-informed science and technology policy and analysis. The Institute has conducted research and provided high-level strategic support to the United States Congress, White House, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, Intelligence Community, and a number of other organizations.

By being independent of any federal or state agency and owing no special allegiance to any political party or corporate business, the Potomac Institute is able to retain neutrality and credibility. The Institute also makes policy recommendations based only on the best available facts and research, separating our analysis from any political or popular feeling.

Potomac Institute assists the federal government with high-level science and technology policy in the following areas:

  • Strategic planning
  • Program development
  • Technology assessment
  • Technology forecasting
  • Research studies and analysis
  • Communications and outreach
  • S&T and market trends