42 U.S. Code § 13505. Integration of research and development

Within 180 days after October 24, 1992, the Secretary, in consultation with appropriate representatives of industry, institutions of higher education, Department of Energy national laboratories, and professional and technical societies, shall prepare and submit to Congress a 5-year program plan for improving the integration of basic energy research programs with other energy programs within the Department of Energy. Such program plan shall include—
an evaluation of current procedures and mechanisms used to achieve such integration;
an assessment of the role that the Department of Energy national laboratories play in such integration;
an identification and evaluation of models that could enhance such integration;
(4) an identification and evaluation of new programs, mechanisms, and related policy options that could improve the integrating process, including—
set aside funding for matching or leveraging basic and applied programs;
more formal linkages; and
program coordination;
recommendations for expanded research and development and new technology areas; and
budget estimates for activities under this section.