INNOVATION: AN AMERICAN IMPERATIVE

#InnovationImperative

A call to action by American industry, higher education, science, and engineering leaders urging Congress to enact policies and make investments that ensure the United States remains the global innovation leader.

Our nation knows what it takes to innovate: a sustained commitment to scientific research, a world-class workforce, and an economic climate that rewards entrepreneurship and innovation. As the most dynamic and prosperous nation in the world, the United States has long benefitted from policies and investments that have promoted innovation and in turn driven productivity and economic growth, bolstered American trade, ensured our health and national security, 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.

Now is not the time to rest on past success. As noted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in its 2014 Report Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream, “There is a deficit between what America is investing and what it should be investing to remain competitive, not only in research but in innovation and job creation.” Competitor nations are challenging our leadership by copying our playbook for success. At the same time our nation’s support for scientific research and innovation is stagnating. If these trends continue, other countries will soon surpass the United States as the global innovation leader.

We must heed the warnings in the Restoring the Foundation report and other salient reports of the past decade and act decisively. In particular, Congress must:


Renew the federal commitment to scientific discovery

by ending sequestration’s deep cuts to discretionary spending caps and providing steady and sustained real growth in funding of at least four percent for basic scientific research at: the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, USDA, and NOAA;


Make permanent a strengthened federal R&D tax credit

as a part of comprehensive tax reform to encourage more private-sector innovation investment here in America instead of in competitor countries;


Improve student achievement in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM)

through increased funding of proven programs and incentives for science and math teacher recruitment and professional development;


Reform U.S. visa policy

to welcome and keep highly educated international professionals, particularly those holding STEM degrees from U.S. universities;


Take steps to streamline or eliminate costly and inefficient regulations

and practices governing federally funded research to help unburden researchers to focus more time on conducting research and training the next generation of scientists, engineers, health care professionals, and business leaders;


Reaffirm merit-based peer review

as the primary mechanism major federal agencies should employ in making competitive scientific research grants to ensure the most effective use of taxpayer dollars; and


Stimulate further improvements in advanced manufacturing

through support for programs aimed at accelerating manufacturing innovation and new federal-industry-academic partnerships.


We, the signatories, urge support for these actions to keep the United States the global innovation leader. We stand ready to do our part.


Samuel R. Allen
Chairman & CEO
John Deere
Norman R. Augustine
Co-Chair
Restoring the Foundation
Wes Bush
Chairman, President & CEO
Northrop Grumman
Kenneth C. Frazier
Chairman & CEO
Merck & Co., Inc
Marillyn A. Hewson
Chairman, President, & CEO
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Charles O. Holliday
Chairman
Royal Dutch Shell plc
Joseph Jimenez
CEO
Novartis
W. James McNerney, Jr.
Chairman of the Board & CEO
The Boeing Company
Satya Nadella
CEO
Microsoft
Jay Timmons
President & CEO
National Association of Manufacturers

Academy of Radiology Research

Acoustical Society of America

Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research

Advanced Informatics and Medical Solutions LLC

Adv. Technical Intelligence Assn.

Aerospace Industries Association

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association

Aizoon Technology Consulting

AJES LifeSciences, LLC

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

Alpha – 1 Biologics

AMD

American Academy of Arts & Sciences

American Anthropological Association

American Association for Dental Research

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

American Association of Mycobacterial Diseases

American Association of Petroleum Geologists

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

American Association of Physicists in Medicine

American Association of Physics Teachers

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

American Astronomical Society

American Chemical Society

American Council on Education

American Dairy Science Association

American Dental Education Association

American Educational Research Association

American Geophysical Union

American Geosciences Institute

American Institute for Medical & Bio. Engineering

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American Institute of Chemists

American Institute of Physics

American Mathematical Society

American Meteorological Society

American Physical Society

American Physiological Society

American Phytopathological Society

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American Society for Engineering Education

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American Society of Agronomy

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American Society of Plant Biologists

American Sociological Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

Ames Chamber of Commerce

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Applied DNA Sciences, Inc.

Applied Materials, Inc

Archaeological Institute of America

Arizona Nevada Academy of Science (ANAS)

Arizona State University

Arkansas Research Alliance

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ASHRAE

ASME

Associated Industries of Florida

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Association for Psychological Science

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Association for Women in Science

Association of American Geographers

Association of American Medical Colleges

Association of American Universities

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Association of Independent Research Institutes

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Association of Research Libraries

Association of University Technology Managers

ASTRA, Alliance for Science & Technology Research in

America

Auburn University

Austin Chamber of Commerce

Avanti Biosciences

Battelle

Bay Area Council

Biocogent LLC

BioForward

Biophysical Society

Biotechnology Industry Organization

Blood Cell Technologies

Boise State University

Bonded Energy Solutions Corporation

Boston University

Botanical Society of America

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Brides Energy

Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce Coalition

Brookhaven Technology Group, Inc.

Brown University

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Buncee, LLC

Business-Higher Education Forum

CA Technologies

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California Polytechnic State University

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Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Case Western Reserve University

Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies

Central National Gottesman Inc.

Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County

Chemcubed

Chem-Master International, Inc.

Chroma Research Labs, Inc.

Clemson University

Coalition for Aerospace and Science

Coalition for National Science Funding

Coalition for National Security Research

Coalition of Urban Serving Universities

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado State University

Columbia University

Computing Research Association

Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Consortium of Social Science Associations

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Council of Graduate Schools

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Council on Competitiveness

Council on Governmental Relations

Crop Science Society of America

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Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

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Ecological Society of America

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Emory University

Energy Sciences Coalition

Energystics, Ltd.

Entomological Society of America

EPICenter Memphis

FASS

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

FlightPartner Technologies, Inc.

Florida State University

Foundation for Science and Disability

Frontier Electronic Systems Corp.

General Capacitor, LLC

Genetics Society of America

Geological Society of America

George Mason University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Regents University

Georgia Research Alliance

Georgia State University

Ghidorah Holdings, LLC

Google

Graphene 3D Lab

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

Harvard University

Hawaii Academy of Science

Hepatitis B Foundation

Hewlett-Packard Company

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

IBM

iCell Gene Therapeutics

Idaho Academy of Science and Engineering

IEEE-USA

ImmunoMatrix, LLC

IMSzema Solutions

Indiana University

Infineon Technologies Americas Corp.

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

Innovation Associates

Institute of Food Technologists

Intel Corporation

International Economic Development Council

International Society for Educational Planning

International Society for the Systems Sciences

International Technology and Engineering Educators Assn.

Iontraxx LLC

Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor

Iowa State University

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries

Jasmine Universe, LLC

Jefferson Science Associates LLC

Kansas State University

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Kentucky Academy of Science

Lehigh University

Linguistic Society of America

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Materials Research Society

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Micron Technology, Inc

Microscopy Society of America

Millennial Materials and Devices Inc.

MindWick

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Mobileware Inc.

modelizeIT Inc.

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National Association of Colleges and Employers

National Association of Geoscience Teachers

National Association of Graduate-Professional Students

National Association of Marine Laboratories

National Center for Science Education

National Center for Technological Literacy- Museum of Science

National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research

National Council for Science and the Environment

National Defense Industrial Association

National Ground Water Association

National Science Education Leadership Association

National Science Teachers Association

NeoMatrix Therapeutics

New Mexico State University

New York University

NextThought, LLC

North Carolina Academy of Science

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Oklahoma Academy of Science

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ON Semiconductor

ONAMI

Oregon State University

Pace University

Parapsychological Association

Penn State University

Phiston Technologies, Inc.

Polynova Cardiovascular Inc.

Population Association of America

Portland State University

Poultry Science Association

Princeton University

Progen LifeSciences

QB Sonic, Inc.

Qualcomm

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Re-Nuble

Research!America

Rice University

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

SAGE

Saniteq LLC

SchoolSource Technologies, LLC

Semiconductor Equipment & Materials International (SEMI)

Semiconductor Industry Association

Semiconductor Research Corporation

Sigma Xi

Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Small Business Technology Council

Smith Cybernetics, LLC

Society for In Vitro Biology

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Society for Neuroscience

Society of the Study of Evolution

Society of Toxicology

Softheon

Soil Science Society of America

South Dakota State University

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology

Southeastern Universities Research Association

Southern Illinois University System

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics

SRI International

SSTI

Stanford University

State University of New York

Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

Stony Brook Building Science, LLC

Stony Brook University

STS Global Inc.

Sulfcrete

Sullstice

Supporters of Agricultural Research Foundation

SURA

SynchroPET

Syracuse University

TargaGenix, Inc.

Task Force on American Innovation

Technology Association of Georgia

TechVision21

Texas A&M University

Texas Instruments Incorporated

Texas State University

Texas Tech University

The Coalition for the Life Sciences

The College of William and Mary

The Electrochemical Society

The Industrial Research Institute

The Johns Hopkins University

The New England Council

The Ohio State University

The Optical Society

The Procter & Gamble Company

Theragnostic Technologies Inc.

ThermoLift, Inc.

The Science Coalition

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Texas at Austin

Tri-City Development Council – Tri-Cities, WA

TRITEC Real Estate Company, Inc.

Tufts University

Tulane University

University Economic Development Association

UNAVCO

Unique Technical Services LLC

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Vermeer Corporation

Vitatex Inc.

Washington State University

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Washington University in St. Louis

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Web4Sign Corporation

West Virginia University

Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council

Western Michigan University

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Wisconsin Technology Council

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Yale University

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–as of June 8, 2016