Joseph Priestley Society: Matt Hourihan

September 21, 2017
11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

the Institute is pleased to welcome Matt Hourihan, director, R&D Budget and Policy Program, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Hourihan will present “Federal R&D Funding: Rhetoric and Reality.”

The political landscape in Washington has shifted, with the Trump administration skeptical of many federal science and technology programs as it focuses on shrinking the size of government. Although it might appear a historic rollback of federal R&D funding is in the cards, reality—and the workings of Congress—are more complex. Matt Hourihan, director of the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, walks through the recent history of federal R&D budgets, identifies the major drivers of stasis and change, and recaps how Congress actually behaves when it comes to science funding—and what they might do next.

Event Schedule

  • 11:30 a.m.
    Networking Reception
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. 

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series explores topics in science, technology, and industry through professional networking receptions and lectures by industry leaders.

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Reisert at 215.873.8263 or

About the Speaker

Matt Hourihan

Matt Hourihan

Matt Hourihan.

Matt Hourihan is the director of the R&D Budget and Policy Program for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where he is a regular source of information and analyses on past, present, and future science budgets for policy makers and the science community. He has served in this position since 2011.

Before joining AAAS he served as a clean-energy policy analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). While at ITIF he tracked federal energy R&D investments and innovation activities, and authored several white papers and policy briefs exploring the role of innovation in solving the nation’s energy and climate challenges. He also regularly coordinated congressional briefings, conferences, and events, bringing together leading experts in government, industry, and academia. Previously, he served as the Jan Schori Fellow at the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a coalition of energy firms and utilities working to engage policy makers to use market-based solutions to generate sustainable energy development and to address climate change.

As a student he interned with the AAAS Center for Science, Technology, and Congress, now the Office of Government Relations. He earned a master’s degree in public policy with a focus on science and technology policy at George Mason University and a BA in journalism from Ithaca College. He has also served as a cause communications professional and journalist in a variety of roles.