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New Models for U.S. Science and Technology Policy

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Press Release

Statements of Support

Project Committee

Scientific and technological advances are fundamental to the prosperity, health, and security of America. Innovation and rapid integration of new knowledge and technologies emerge from investments in research and development, and rely on the partnership between universities, federal and state governments, and industry. Staying globally competitive will require a stronger partnership and a greater focus on long-term planning in scientific and engineering research.

The Restoring the Foundation report offers actionable recommendations for the long-term sustainability of the U.S. science and engineering research system to ensure a healthy research enterprise that continues to benefit the American people. The Academy welcomes your support for the report and the project’s ongoing efforts. For more information, please contact restoringthefoundation@amacad.org.

Project Activities

On September 16, 2014, the Academy debuted the Restoring the Foundation report at a press conference and congressional briefing in Washington, D.C. Introducing the report, the Academy’s panel focused on the importance of providing sustainable federal funding for science and engineering research, especially basic research, and on long-range planning to ensure that America enjoys the maximum benefit from its investments in research.

Since the release of Restoring the Foundation, the Academy has implemented a multilayered approach to build support for the report’s recommendations among stakeholders in government, industry, academia, and philanthropy. Among the project’s ongoing efforts are collaborations with scientific and business organizations; media outreach; conversations with leaders in Congress and at federal research agencies; and forums, roundtable discussions, and symposia at universities and public halls across the nation. As a result, others have taken up the report’s message and carried the discussion forward in events around the nation, including:

  • A Call to Action: On June 23, 2015, ten American business leaders and hundreds of universities, organizations and companies across the country voiced their support of the recommendations from Restoring the Foundation by signing a public statement on “Innovation: An American Imperative.” Read the statement here.
  • Finding One Voice among Central and Southern Plains Institutions: The American Academy is collaborating with a regional working group of state, local, and university leaders from the plains states to discuss how to establish a unified voice among their research institutions and implement recommendations from Restoring the Foundation. Read a report on the initial meeting from the Summer 2015 issue of the Academy’s magazine, the Bulletin.
  • An Invitation from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: On July 21, 2015, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) convened the first in a series of bipartisan Senate Commerce working groups to identify priorities for the Senate version of the 2015 America COMPETES Act. Restoring the Foundation cochairs Norman R. Augustine and Neal Lane were invited by the Commerce Committee to participate on behalf of the project committee. The cochairs also submitted a letter addressing the Commerce Committee’s questions on how to maximize the impact of basic research.

If you are interested in hosting or participating in a Restoring the Foundation event, or if you have suggestions for future activities, please contact restoringthefoundation@amacad.org. The Academy looks forward to further engaging with both members of the organization and the public about the state of the U.S. science and engineering research system.

Project Chairs

  • Norman R. Augustine
    Lockheed Martin Corporation, ret.
  • Neal Lane
    Rice University

Project Committee

  • Nancy C. Andrews
    Duke University School of Medicine
  • John E. Bryson
    formerly, U.S. Department of Commerce; formerly, Edison International
  • Thomas R. Cech
    University of Colorado Boulder;
    formerly, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Steven Chu
    Stanford University;
    formerly, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Jared Cohon
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • James J. Duderstadt
    University of Michigan
  • Mark C. Fishman
    Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • Sylvester James Gates, Jr.
    University of Maryland
  • Bart Gordon
    K&L Gates;
    formerly, U.S. House of Representatives
  • M.R.C. Greenwood
    University of Hawaii System, ret.
  • John L. Hennessy
    Stanford University
  • Charles O. Holliday, Jr.
    Bank of America; formerly, E. I. du Pont
    de Nemours and Company
  • Peter S. Kim
    Stanford University;
    formerly, Merck Research Laboratories
  • Dana Mead
    MIT Corporation
  • Richard A. Meserve
    Covington & Burling LLP;
    formerly, Carnegie Institution for Science
  • C. D. Mote, Jr.
    National Academy of Engineering;
    University of Maryland
  • Venkatesh Narayanamurti
    Harvard University
  • Maxine L. Savitz
    Honeywell Inc., ret.
  • Robert F. Sproull
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst;
    formerly, Oracle Corporation
  • Subra Suresh
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Shirley M. Tilghman
    Princeton University
  • Jeannette Wing
    Microsoft Research
  • Elias Zerhouni

Project Staff

  • John Randell
  • Dorothy Koveal
  • Keerthi Shetty
  • Alison Leaf
  • Shalin Jyotishi

Project Advisors

  • John C. Crowley
    Charlottesville, VA
  • Kirstin Matthews
    Rice University

Related Initiatives

Innovation: An American Imperative event in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, October 20, members of the American Academy and leaders representing U.S. engineering, higher education, industry, and science will host a public symposium on Innovation: An American Imperative. This meeting, with bipartisan sponsorship from members of Congress, will discuss the policies and investments that promote innovation, stimulate economic growth and prosperity, bolster trade, ensure our health and national security, and safeguard the American Dream.

Rescuing Biomedical Research
A group of Academy members, along with other prominent scientists and educators, have launched a collaboration entitled Rescuing Biomedical Research. Their effort seeks to bring knowledge from the scientific community to confront the dangers to the U.S. biomedical science enterprise. To learn more about Rescuing Biomedical Research, please visit their website.

Related Publications

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Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014
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Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream – Report Brief
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014
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Project Chairs

Norman R. Augustine, Lockheed Martin Corporation, ret.

Neal Lane, Rice University

In the News

Illinois Connection-University of Illinois
By Nancy C. Andrews, Neal F. Lane and Norman R. Augustine
The Wall Street Journal
Issues in Science & Technology

Highlighted Activities

Neal Lane

Dr. Neal Lane Testifies at Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Federal Research, July 17, 2014.
Watch the testimony.
Download his written testimony.

Civic Scientist Lecture on Restoring the Foundation: Reviving the U.S. Science, Engineering and Technology Enterprise, April 30, 2015 at Rice University's Baker Institute.

The Unstable Biomedical Research Ecosystem

Stated Meeting on The Unstable Biomedical Research Ecosystem: How Can It Be Made More Robust?, February 24, 2015 at Duke University.

Neal Lane (Rice University) describes the project goals at a briefing on Academy research projects and studies, October 2013.

Featured Publication

The Restoring the Foundation report urges long-term strategic thinking in science, engineering, and technology policy and sets the goal for the
nation’s investment in basic research–the foundation for new discoveries, innovation, and a strong economy.

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