42 U.S. Code § 16535 - Discovery science and engineering innovation institutes
(a) In general
The Secretary shall establish distributed, multidisciplinary institutes (referred to in this section as “Institutes”) centered at National Laboratories to apply fundamental science and engineering discoveries to technological innovations relating to—
(b) Topical areas
The Institutes shall support scientific and engineering research and education activities on critical emerging technologies determined by the Secretary to be essential to global competitiveness, including activities relating to—
In carrying out this section, the Secretary shall establish partnerships between the Institutes and—
(1) institutions of higher education—
(1) In general
For each fiscal year, the Secretary may select not more than 3 Institutes to receive a grant under this section.
(2) Merit-based selection
The selection of Institutes under paragraph (1) shall be—
The Secretary shall offer to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences under which the Academy shall, by not later than 3 years after August 9, 2007—
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