The heads of nine large U.S. corporations have issued a call to action urging Congress to enact policies and make investments to ensure that the United States remains the global innovation leader.

CEOs and chairpersons from these corporations served as signatories for this statement in support of keeping the United States the global innovation leader: The Boeing Company, John Deere, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., Microsoft, National Association of Manufacturers, Northrop Grumman, Novartis, and Royal Dutch Shell plc.

In the year since this call to action was issued, more than 500 leading organizations from American industry, higher education, science and engineering organizations have signed the Innovation Imperative.

You can follow the activity of the discussion about the Innovation Imperative—and thank its endorsers—via Twitter at #InnovationImperative.

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Why is the Innovation Imperative critical to America?

The United States has long benefited from policies and investments that have promoted innovation and, in turn, driven productivity and economic growth and safeguarded the American dream. Our leadership is now at risk because of years of under-prioritizing federal scientific research investments and policies that promote innovation. For more information read the Innovation Imperative (PDF).

Your support will be critical to staving this tide and encouraging Congress to:

  • Renew the federal commitment to scientific discovery
  • Make permanent a strengthened federal R&D tax credit
  • Improve student achievement in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM)
  • Reform U.S. visa policy
  • Take steps to streamline or eliminate costly and inefficient regulations
  • Reaffirm merit-based peer review
  • Stimulate further improvements in advanced manufacturing

Capitol Hill Symposium

On October 20, 2015, R&D executives from several of the signers held a public symposium at the Senate Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., to discuss the federal government’s role in ensuring that America retains its position of global leadership in science, technology, and innovation. (Read more about the symposium)

Watch the videos from the symposium

Recent Activities

RELEASE: Key Leaders Cite Progress on Innovation Imperative—and Much Work to Be Done

Read the Progress Report

Microsoft research executive Jeannette M. Wing presents “Innovation: An American Imperative” at Congressional Hearing on U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise (VIDEO) • Jeannette Wing's Senate testimony

Congressional Leaders
Urge Colleagues to Support the
Innovation Imperative

In the News

Business backs the basics

Business Leaders Agree: Federal Funding of Basic Research Advances Prosperity, Security & Well-Being
The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania

Federal Funding Drives U.S. Innovation
The Huffington Post

Q&A: Will Senate COMPETES bill narrow partisan gap in Congress over U.S. research policy?

Microsoft Research VP testifies before Senate Committee, says US lags in basic funding

Microsoft’s Jeannette M. Wing: Basic research is ‘the foundation of American prosperity and progress’
Microsoft Research Blog

Jeffrey Wadsworth commentary: Federal research dollars are critical to economic growth
The Columbus Dispatch

Political and Industry Leaders Make Case for Basic Research
Scientific American

Key Voices in Science, Technology, Business, and Industry Warn American Innovation Requires Active Leadership
PR Newswire

Why Microsoft cares about basic research and you should too
Inside Microsoft Research

An Imperative to Innovate
Arizona Daily Sun


Close the Innovation Deficit

Additional Efforts Under Way to Support Innovation in America

The Innovation Imperative working group includes the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Battelle,
the Coalition for National Science Funding, the Coalition for National Security Research, the Council on Competitiveness,
the Energy Sciences Coalition, the Task Force on American Innovation, The Science Coalition, and United for Medical Research (UMR).

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