Early Career Science Policy Accelerator
To meet this moment when the country faces critical challenges such as COVID-19, climate change, and intensified competition with U.S. leadership in science, technology, and innovation, we are working together with the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) to identify a cohort of early career researchers — new, diverse voices — to generate a compelling set of actionable new policy proposals, and shape the future of science policy.
By harnessing the creativity and energy of diverse, early-career researchers with the proven track record of a FAS Day One Science Policy Accelerator, we hope to empower new voices to develop compelling policy ideas into actionable policy memos and mobilize decision-makers to make changes that improve people’s well-being.
Biotechnology and Society,
Innovation & Economic Competitiveness,
U.S. Foreign Policy,
International Commercial Regulation,
Space Debris Mitigation
The federal government can accelerate capabilities and applications of environmental biotechnology by establishing the CLimate Improvements through Modern Biotechnology (CLIMB) Center.
The federal government must ensure that success for early-career STEM professionals does not demand mental-health sacrifice.
A significant increase in transmission capacity is needed to meet the Biden Administration’s efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
The federal government should create a Reduce, Repurpose, Recharge Initiative (RRRI): a voluntary program designed to keep farmers engaged in groundwater conservation in the Ogallala Aquifer.
The Biden Administration should create the “AYA Research Institute” to increase federal capacity to identify and resolve environmental justice issues.
Establishing a new ECE-focused branch of AmeriCorps is an innovative solution that builds on existing programmatic infrastructure to use talent and funds efficiently and equitably.
The Biden-Harris Administration should establish a National Endemic Disease Surveillance Initiative (NEDSI) to remove barriers to tracking and predicting endemic, infectious diseases.
The sustainability and security of Earth’s outer orbit and the future success of launch missions depend on the removal of sixty years’ worth of accumulated space debris.
The Biden-Harris Administration must act to address bias in medical technology at the development, testing and regulation, and market-deployment and evaluation phases.
The FDA and USDA should improve the administration of antibiotics in apiculture and strengthen the regulation of pre- and probiotic supplements marketed to commercial beekeepers.
This is the ideal time to expand U.S. climate strategy into an “all of the above” solution that includes carbon capture and storage as a core component.