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.

On October 20, 2015, R&D executives from several of these companies 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. More information about this symposium can be found here.

Now available: Watch the videos from the October 20, 2015 symposium

You can follow the activity of this discussion or thank the signers via Twitter using #InnovationImperative.

More than 400 leading organizations from American industry, higher education, science and engineering organizations have signed the Innovation Imperative.

CEOs and chairpersons from the following 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.

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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 or text only version.

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

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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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