Here are some good sources to track the technology, policy and funding trends driving the innovation economy.
Search.USA.gov - Billed as the U.S. government’s official search engine, it is a comprehensive, searchable index of about 50 million pages from federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal websites.
Science.gov - Searches over 50 databases and over 2,100 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results. Science.gov is governed by the interagency Science.gov Alliance.
Scitopia.org - Free federated vertical search portal to the digital libraries of leading worldwide science and technology societies (e.g., SPIE, IEEE, etc.); identifies articles, standards, government documents, and other relevant information. Abstracts are provided at no charge; full-text items may require membership or a per-use fee.
R&D Magazine - Advanced Search categories include “Articles,” “News,” and “Products.”
GlobalSpec: The Engineering Search Engine - Organized by broad engineering categories.
U.S. Energy Information Administration - An excellent source of reports, statistics, whitepapers, and forecasts for the Energy and related sectors.
Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) - A comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.
Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer - For industry and other technology seekers, the FLC Locator Network serves as a point of entry to federal laboratory expertise and technologies available for licensing.
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) - A global network of more than 3,200 technology transfer professionals who work in academic, research, government, legal, and commercial settings. AUTM is dedicated to promoting and supporting technology transfer through education, advocacy, networking, and communication. Resources include the Technology Transfer Practices (TTP) Manual, whitepapers, and sample technology transfer and cooperative research agreements.
SSTI - SSTI assists states and communities as they build tech-based economies, conduct research on best practices and trends in tech-based economic development, and encourage cooperation among and between state and federal programs. SSTI publishes an excellent free newsletter.
GSA Advantage! / U.S. General Services Administration - The U.S. General Services Administration online shopping and ordering system provides access to thousands of contractors and millions of supplies (products) and services who have obtained GSA Schedules. Useful for identifying potential competitors, co-marketers, and market opportunities.
FedBizOpps - In addition to providing information about Federal government contract opportunities and awards, a good source of product pricing and potential partner/competitor information.
USASpending.gov / U.S. Office of Management and Budget - Tracks U.S. Government prime contract awards and sub-awards.
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) / U.S. Department of Energy - The EERE invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and protect the environment. EERE leverages partnerships with the private sector, state and local governments, DOE national laboratories, and universities.
Pitchbook - Fee-based service that provides data and information on private equity transactions including deal terms and structures, deal amounts, valuations, and multiples on a worldwide basis for small, mid-market, and large deals.