Management of a National Science Foundation Office of Energy Research and Development Policy Grant to the George Washington University:

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HRD-77-38: Published: Jan 25, 1977. Publicly Released: Jan 25, 1977.

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The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Office of Energy R and D Policy awarded a 1974 grant to George Washington University for energy policy research. The initial grant to the unsolicited proposal and a 12-month renewal were awarded for a series of discussion papers on Federal gas and oil policies and consultation.

Evaluation of the research proposal was not done by qualified personnel, or under established guidelines. Some of the reviewing personnel had a prior employment relationship with the principal investigator (Dr. William A. Johnson). Additional outside funding came from two interest groups of oil marketing companies. The broad grant objective of preparing the papers and maintaining contact with the NSF were met, but their quality or utility were not determined.

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