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
How can YOU join this effort?
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
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
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In the News
Business backs the basics
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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
Key Voices in Science, Technology, Business, and Industry Warn American Innovation
Requires Active Leadership
Why Microsoft cares about basic research and you should too
Inside Microsoft Research
An Imperative to Innovate
Arizona Daily Sun
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