STAC is a group of 22 non-profit, academic, foundation, and corporate leaders working to dramatically strengthen U.S. science and technology. In November 2020, STAC released the Science & Technology Action Plan (STAP), with recommendations centered on three overarching themes – Leadership, Coordination, and Investment – and focused on confronting threats within four broad categories: Public Health and Healthcare, Environment and Climate Change, Food and Water Security, and Energy Production, Utilization, and Storage.
In January of 2021, STAC launched the implementation of the Action Plan and is making great strides:
Socializing the Action Plan with Policymakers
STAC members are meeting to discuss the Action Plan with many key officials.
- OSTP Director and Science Advisor to the President, Dr. Eric Lander
- Congress, including the House Majority Leader and key members of House and Senate Appropriations, Senate Commerce and House Science Committees
- Biden Administration officials at OMB, Commerce Department, DOE and OSTP
- Biden Transition team members
- By invitation of the Aspen Institute, presented to interested members of Congress
Advocating for U.S. Investment in S&T
STAC is having an impact on the policy debate.
- STAC recommendation to elevate OSTP Director and President’s Science Advisor to Cabinet position becomes Administration policy.
- STAC supports Dr. Eric Lander’s confirmation in letters to and conversations with members of Congress and organizes STAP endorsers to follow suit.
- The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which passed the Senate, includes language directing OSTP to determine opportunities for it to coordinate cross-agency partnerships, an important step towards the STAP recommendation.
- President Biden’s FY2022 budget proposal includes significant increases in non-defense S&T spending, up 27% over 2021 budgets.
- House Appropriations Committee releases extremely favorable numbers for S&T.
- Congress is considering STAC’s recommendation to right-size OSTP’s funding to incentivize cross-agency collaboration.
Building an Active Public Voice
STAC members are appearing in key media outlets through op-eds, LTEs and interviews and sharing statements on S&T legislative milestones with policymakers, media, and endorsing organizations.
- July 1, 2021: Nasdaq TV Interview with Sudip Parikh
- June 30, 2021: STAC statement: NSF for the Future Act
- June 17, 2021: STAC statement: National Science Foundation for the Future Act Mark-up
- June 9, 2021: STAC statement: U.S. Innovation and Competition Act Passage
- May 10, 2021: New York Times Letter to the Editor “Funding for the Science Advisor”
- May 8, 2021: Medium “Science: The Vital Piece of the Jobs Plan That Should be Bipartisan” April 29, 2021: STAC Supports Dr. Lander Confirmation, Calls for New Funding for OSTP
- April 29, 2021: STAC responds to Biden’s Prioritization of Science in First 100 Days
- April 12, 2021: CNBC Worldwide Exchange with Brian Sullivan
- April 2, 2021: STAC response to American Jobs Plan
- March 24, 2021: Morning Consult “In the U.S.-China Competition Over Science and Technology, Only One Is In the Running”
- March 17, 2021: Wall Street Journal Opinion “U.S. Must Not Fall Behind China in Research”
- January 20, 2021: Washington Post LTE “Supporting and funding science at the top is critical”
- January 15, 2021: The Hill “The US government’s best ally: Science”
Growing Endorsements of Action Plan
Nearly 80 marquee institutions, organizations and companies have endorsed the Action Plan with recent endorsements from the American Public Health Association, Google and Stanford University. Others include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Amgen, Association of American Universities, Council on Competitiveness, Georgia Institute of Technology, IBM, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, National Academy of Medicine, Research!America, The Ohio State University, University of California System, and Wells Fargo.