The House Science, Space and Technology Committee markup of H.R. 2225, National Science Foundation for the Future Act, is another encouraging sign that Congress is focused on and committed to bolstering our nation’s science and technology capacity. A strategic investment in S&T and STEM education, the NSF for the Future Act, if funded, would boost our nation’s capacity to combat existing and emerging societal threats and strengthen our competitiveness in the global economic arena.
The Science and Technology Action Committee today released the following statement applauding the Senate’s passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act and encouraging swift passage by the House. The Committee also calls for increased funding for the Office of Science and Technology Policy to coordinate and fund essential cross-agency partnerships.
Science Committee Applauds Lander’s Confirmation as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
Yesterday was a historic day for science and technology in the United States. We heartily applaud the confirmation of Dr. Eric Lander as the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and member of the President’s Cabinet. We are also thankful for the President's bold funding for science and technology focused agencies and departments.
The Science & Technology Action Committee's letter to the editor calls for greater funding for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). This funding is critical for OSTP to have a substantive role in coordinating the cross-agency projects needed to deliver science and technology solutions to some of society’s greatest challenges.
President Biden's $250 billion American Jobs Plan proposal has the potential to make the US more competitive in a global market and better protected against biological and cyber threats of the future.
The Science and Technology Action Committee today released a statement declaring their support for the confirmation of President Biden’s nominee for the Director of the Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP), Dr. Eric Lander.
In response to President Biden’s focus on science and technology in the first 100 days of his administration, Keith Yamamoto, Vice Chancellor for Science Policy & Strategy at UCSF and co-chair of the Science and Technology Action Committee, released the following statement on behalf of the Science and Technology Action Committee.
Dr. Peggy Hamburg, former FDA Commissioner and assistant director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, discusses how the rollout of COVID vaccines is racing against a rise in infections at home and abroad.
Science and technology are critical to our nation’s future, but America invests just 0.7 percent of GDP in R&D today versus 1.9 percent in 1964. The U.S. has fallen to 14th globally in public investment in science and technology as a percentage of GDP. There is, however, a growing recognition that existential societal challenges, as well as maintaining global competitiveness, demand that we dramatically elevate U.S. investment in science and technology.
Competition among scientists and nations could end Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and AIDS, keep our nation technologically secure and help us feed and power the world as we address climate change. But instead of investing in the science and technology to maintain our competitive edge, U.S. investments are waning as China’s advantage has grown.