Sujai Shivakumar

Lead, SBIR

National Academies

Sujai Shivakumar directs the National Academies multipart assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research Program, its new review of The Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs: Education, Training, and Certification Pathways, and its study of National Innovation Programs for Flexible Electronics. He also directs the Innovation Policy Forum of the National Academies, a focal point for a national and international dialogue on innovation policy.

Since joining the Academies’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy in 2001, he has been the lead researcher in the Academies evaluation of public-private technology partnerships, its multi-part analysis of the drivers of the information technology-led productivity growth, and its comparative review of innovation policies around the world and among U.S. states and regions.

Dr. Shivakumar’s analyses highlight the important role of institutions in fostering successful cooperation among small and large technology firms, universities, venture capital companies and other actors needed to commercialize new technologies within complex innovation ecosystems. Dr. Shivakumar holds a doctorate in economics from George Mason University and has written extensively on innovation policy and, with Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, on the political economy of development assistance.