Issues in Science and Technology: “Lessons from a Decade of Philanthropy for Interdisciplinary Energy Research”

A reflection on research funding discusses the far-reaching impacts of a grant on RFF's social cost of carbon work.

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Feb. 22, 2024

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“Sometimes these impacts reach well beyond what we anticipated when we set the goals of the grant. We learned that our support to the environmental think tank Resources for the Future to update the framework for estimating the social cost of carbon went beyond simply accomplishing technical improvements for modeling. Since 2017, this project has helped catalyze a wide-ranging, highly influential initiative featuring a publicly available, open-source modeling framework and data explorer tool. Once launched, the initiative drew additional funding from multiple sources, and some of its insights have been incorporated into federal and state decisionmaking processes.”

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