Science Policy
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Bioeconomy Policy Development Sprint

10.26.22 | 2 min read

The bioeconomy – the part of the economy driven by the life sciences and biotech, and enabled by engineering, computing, and information science – has the potential to revolutionize human health, climate and energy, food security and sustainability, and supply chain stability, as well as support economic growth and well-paying jobs across the entire country. The U.S. government has recognized this exceptional promise: The recent Executive Order on advancing the U.S. bioeconomy and relevant provisions in the CHIPS and Science Law and the Inflation Reduction Law have opened up an excellent opportunity to engage with the U.S. government to help develop and shape the implementation of policies to bolster the economic engine that is the biotech and biomanufacturing ecosystem.

We now need your help to generate innovative, specific, and actionable policy ideas that the U.S. government could use to supercharge the U.S. bioeconomy.

We’re particularly focused on a few areas:

Submit your idea here or see below to learn more. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so submit today!

If selected, authors will be expected to contribute several hours per week, much of which is asynchronous time spent drafting their policy proposal. Authors will receive support from FAS, such as:

We will either work with you to synthesize your plan of action into a long-form memo for the interagency or produce a standalone memo, depending on the needs of the policymakers.

Can you share examples of ambitious and actionable policy ideas?
We recommend exploring our proposal library for examples of innovative policy ideas.
What if my idea for the bioeconomy doesn’t fit neatly into those three buckets?
Submit your idea regardless! We are constantly looking for bold, evidence-based S&T policy ideas. We may even relay your idea for consideration by our friends at the Engineering Biology Research Consortium, who are also responding to this policy window.
What is the timeline for reviewing submissions?
Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we will reach out to you to start working with you immediately if your idea is selected. Our goal is to finalize, publish, and socialize polished policy materials by early December.
How does the policy development sprint work, and what am I committing to if my idea is selected?
Interested parties begin by completing our brief official submission form. Each submission requires prospective authors to submit information on who they are, as well as a summary of their idea to help our team understand and evaluate each submission. We recommend reviewing the form in advance and thinking through each answer to the questions before officially submitting your idea.