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Restoring the Foundation: Selected Endorsements

This important report makes a convincing case that the achievement of the American Dream depends on reviving the nation’s historic reputation for leading the world in scientific and technological research. The Academy not only sets the goal for investment in new discoveries and the technologies to realize their great benefits, it also lays out a detailed set of policies that, if implemented by universities, industry, and government at all levels will increase the value of this research and reduce its costs. In this respect, this study is unique and is especially deserving of careful consideration by all those who agree that a national, collaborative new effort is required to revive our nation’s leadership in this increasingly competitive world.

–Lewis M. Branscomb, Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Diego; Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Corporate Management, Harvard University


Merck strongly supports the American Academy’s report and its recommendations to improve the health of the American science, engineering, and technology enterprise. We recognize that the best scientific discoveries often emerge from collaborating with other researchers and organizations inside and outside our laboratories. We endorse the implementation of the Academy’s “prescriptions” for improved government, university, and industry collaboration as critical steps to ensuring U.S. leadership in global scientific discovery and innovation.

–Kenneth Frazier, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Merck & Company, Inc.


American business has long supported a strong federal role in basic research, which is the foundation of the private-sector innovation that drives economic growth, but the United States is now falling behind. Restoring the Foundation explains in clear terms what this slippage means–not just for the U.S. economy but also for our nation’s place as a world innovation leader–and offers solid recommendations for regaining our global research leadership. Policy-makers considering strategies for economic growth should make Restoring the Foundation part of their own basic research.

–John Engler, President, The Business Roundtable; former President and Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Manufacturers; former Governor of Michigan


This report is an urgent call to recommit to one of our nation’s most successful investments, which has stagnated: the investment in the people and research that have led to the amazing scientific and engineering discoveries underpinning U.S. world leadership. Failure to address our nation’s widening “innovation deficit” will result in the squandering of the international economic and technological leadership that is so vital to our societal welfare. Industrial, government, and academic leaders must work together to implement the sound recommendations in this report.

–Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities


This report makes abundantly clear the threat our nation faces to its standing as the global leader in science and innovation. Even more importantly, it lays out three prescriptions for the future health of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise that reflect fiscal reality, emphasizing long-term strategic thinking and calling for the federal government, industry, and universities to take steps to renew their historical partnership. The wise recommendations in this report can help our nation close the Innovation Deficit; they should, and must, spark action.

–Hunter R. Rawlings III, President, Association of American Universities

In the News

10/18/15
Arizona Daily Sun
10/2/15
Illinois Connection-University of Illinois
10/31/14
By Nancy C. Andrews, Neal F. Lane and Norman R. Augustine
10/15/14
The Wall Street Journal
11/27/13
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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