The Science and Technology Policy Program focuses on research and other activities related to science education, science advice to policymakers, international collaboration, biomedical research and policy, and the environment, while co-sponsoring joint projects on energy, information technology and space policy. In addition, the program has two cornerstone projects: the International Stem Cell Policy Program and the Civic Scientist Program, the latter includes of a series of talks by leading scientists from around the country who have impacted public policy, as well as a community outreach project matching Houston scientists and engineers to local under-served schools.
Two additional projects have also recently emerged under the Science and Technology Policy Program. In 2008, in conjunction with the Baker Institute Energy Forum, the Science and Technology Policy Program founded a new Climate Change Initiative focused on addressing the relationship between climate change, politics and economics. Furthermore the Science and Technology Policy Program, together with The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, has created a new lecture series entitled “Medicine, Research and Society,” aimed at discussing important issues at the intersection of science, medicine, health and policy.