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