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America's Best Ally:

Science & Technology.

In order to fuel a true American restoration, we must wholeheartedly embrace science and technology research, development and education. How? With a significant funding commitment, cabinet-level leadership and greater federal coordination, the U.S. S&T infrastructure will tackle the greatest challenges of our time: from food, water and energy security to lessening the threat of future pandemics to curbing climate disruption.

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Our nation’s future is in question. Science and technology must guide the way forward.

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We Must Act Now

These three actions will move us toward a new era of innovation, prosperity and safety:

  1. Investment
  2. At least double federal expenditure for R&D and STEM education relative to GDP over the next five years.

  3. Leadership
  4. Endow the OSTP Director, now a cabinet-level position, with the resources and budgetary authority needed to address society’s most pressing issues.

  5. Coordination
  6. Reinvent and reinvigorate cross-agency collaboration across the 20+ federal departments and agencies conducting R&D to harness the full power of our public science and technology enterprise.

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WE MUST ALL STAND UNITED BEHIND SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

Academia, industry and the S&T community have endorsed our Action Plan. But Washington needs to hear from every corner of the U.S. that the existential challenges we face today can only be overcome by prioritizing science and technology at the federal level.

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ABOUT THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ACTION COMMITTEE

We're a group of 22 non-profit, academic, foundation, and corporate leaders working to dramatically strengthen U.S. science and technology.

The Committee is co-chaired by:

Keith Yamamoto

Keith Yamamato

Vice Chancellor for Science Policy and Strategy, UCSF
Sudiph Parikh

Sudip Parikh

CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Mary Woolley

President and CEO, Research America
View the diverse list of expert Committee Members
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Updates

Keep up to date with our progress as we work to unleash American scientific and technical ingenuity against our burgeoning threats.

January 22, 2022

Opinion: There’s still a chance to deliver historic science funding in 2022 

As Congressional leaders and President Biden restart the process of enacting a domestic agenda that can pass a divided Congress, focusing on our nation’s science and technology future — a set of critical investments and related policies that enjoy broad bipartisan support — is a good place to start. In fact, it could be an opportunity to use an old-fashioned, but effective legislative strategy: the bipartisan appropriations process.  Without question, there’s no shortage of support for science and technology on both sides of the aisle but over the years, that support has failed to translate into a national priority. Until now.

January 20, 2022 · The Hill arrow icon

Opinion: There’s still a chance to deliver historic science funding in 2022

As Congressional leaders and President Biden restart the process of enacting a domestic agenda that can pass a divided Congress, focusing on our nation’s science and technology future — a set of critical investments and related policies that enjoy broad bipartisan support — is a good place to start. In fact, it could be an opportunity to use an old-fashioned, but effective legislative strategy: the bipartisan appropriations process.  Without question, there’s no shortage of support for science and technology on both sides of the aisle but over the years, that support has failed to translate into a national priority. Until now.

January 7, 2022

Briefing Paper: A Roadmap for Investment in Science and Technology

As President Biden and Congressional leaders restart the process of enacting a domestic agenda that can pass a divided Congress, focusing on our nation’s science and technology future is a good place to start. We have drafted a white paper highlighting investments made in the infrastructure package, those that were under consideration in the reconciliation bill, and those proposed in the appropriations bill in key priority areas. Collectively, these bills can serve as a blueprint for expanding funding in science and technology and keeping the U.S. globally competitive in 2022 and beyond.

December 16, 2021 · The New York Times The Morning arrow icon

Opinion: The Morning: Frustration over stalled bill

Re: “The Morning: Frustration over stalled bill” from December 9, 2021, David Leonhardt concludes, “America’s global rivals are no doubt cheered by the dysfunction.” We share Leonhardt’s concern that bipartisan legislation (the U.S. Innovation and Competition and NSF for the Future Acts) that would provide a sorely needed blueprint for U.S. global competitiveness in science and technology investment remains unfinished. In addition, proposed increases in annual funding for science and technology have been postponed for consideration until next year, which freezes federal investments in place just when we need progress more than ever. And the sweeping Build Back Better legislation, which also includes new programs that would strengthen the U.S. science enterprise, remains mired in debate.

All Updates

The Science & Technology Action Committee is a group of 22 non-profit, academic, foundation, and corporate leaders working to dramatically strengthen U.S. science and technology. The Committee is co-chaired by: Keith Yamamoto, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy & Strategy UCSF, Sudip Parikh, CEO, The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Mary Woolley, President & CEO, Research!America.