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Caleb Watney
Caleb Watney
Co-CEO

Caleb Watney is the co-founder and co-CEO of IFP.

Caleb manages the metascience and immigration policy teams at IFP. His research focuses on policy levers the U.S. could use to rebuild state capacity and increase long-term rates of innovation.

Previously, Caleb worked as the director of innovation policy at the Progressive Policy Insitute, a technology policy fellow at the R Street Institute, and a graduate research fellow at the Mercatus Center. His commentary has been published in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Politico, Lawfare, and the National Review. He has also been cited in the New York Times, The Economist, Vox, Ars Technica, and the National Journal. He received his master’s in economics from George Mason University and a bachelor of business administration from Sterling College.

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March 20th 2024
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Emerging Technology
Where Can Federal AI R&D Funding Go the Furthest?
Testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
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Metascience
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Metascience
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A response to DARPA's request for information on assessing ethical, legal, and societal implications of emerging technologies
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Metascience
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Metascience
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Metascience
Heidi Williams Joins IFP as Director of Science Policy
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Metascience
Introducing the Endless Frontier Fellowship
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Metascience
Piloting and Evaluating NSF Science Lottery Grants: A Roadmap to Improving Research Funding Efficiencies and Proposal Diversity
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Metascience
Progress Is a Policy Choice
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January 20th 2022
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