Lewis-Burke helped a university client create and define a new basic research energy science and technology initiative. Lewis-Burke worked with leadership and program managers at the Department of Energy, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the National Science Foundation to sponsor a workshop led by a university client to define research priorities and future facility needs to advance a promising, high-risk science and technology area.

The workshop brought together more than one hundred experts from research universities, national laboratories, industry, and federal research agencies. The workshop led to specific recommendations and Lewis-Burke helped organize briefings to the federal agency sponsors, the Office of Management and Budget, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and key Congressional Appropriators, Authorizers, and Committee staff. This significantly increased the profile of the university client and established the university as the country’s leader for the research initiative.

The workshop recommendations have influenced agency investments in future budget requests and Lewis-Burke helped the client turn the workshop report recommendations into legislative language and programmatic funding requests for congressional authorization and appropriations bills.