Science and Innovation Competitiveness – National Academies

US Science, Technology, & Innovation Leadership

Help shape the National Academies' consensus study on US science and innovation leadership for the 21st century.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) are evaluating 21st century US competitiveness in science, technology, and innovation (STI). Considering the rise of China and other geopolitical challengers, new strategies may be necessary to bolster US leadership.

What do members of the NASEM committee need to know in order to produce a report that is highly useful to policymakers’ goals of securing US leadership in STI?

This is your one-stop-shop to learn about these issues and provide statements of fact to help inform the work of  the committee, and policymakers.

Help the NASEM committee and policymakers by contributing objective statements about US science, technology, and innovation leadership via this anonymous survey.

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Nonpartisan analysis and research

Quick reads

Global research and development expenditures – Congressional Research Service (CRS) Fact Sheet

Trends in federal funding for basic research in the physical sciences and engineering – CRS Insight

The rise of China in science and engineering – National Science Board (NSB) Science and Engineering Indicators Policy One-pager

The Made in China 2025 Initiative: Economic implications for the US – CRS In Focus

Foreign-born students and workers in the US science and engineering enterprise – NSB Science and Engineering Indicators Policy One-pager

Defense primer: Emerging technologies – CRS In Focus

Deep dives

US competitiveness in quantum, synbio, transformational research areas – Government Accountability Office Report

Federal research and development funding: FY2020 – CRS Report

Revitalizing the university-industry-government partnership – NASEM Workshop Proceedings Brief

Adapting to the 21st century innovation environment – NASEM Workshop Proceedings Brief

Rising to the challenge: US innovation policy for the global economy – NASEM Consensus Study Report

Innovation: US vs China – Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) Report

Global research and development landscape and implications for Department of Defense – CRS Report

A / V content

On-the-go audio

Is the US Government more entrepreneurial than you think? – Freakonomics Radio Episode

Building an inclusive innovation economy – Innovation Hub (IH) Podcast

2018’s best and worst tech moments – American Innovations Podcast

Ali Wyne on the US, China, and “great power competition” – Defense One Radio Episode

The secret agency that created Agent Orange, self-driving cars, and the Internet – IH Podcast

Video collection

Maintaining US leadership in science and technology – US House of Representatives Science, Space, and Technology Committee Hearing Video

Research and innovation: Ensuring America’s economic and strategic leadership – US Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Hearing Video

How to ensure that America’s life sciences sector remains globally competitive – ITIF Video

The critical role of the NIH in boosting economic competitiveness – ITIF Video


Press clips

National Academies panel to delve into critical questions facing US research and development – American Institute of Physics FYI bulletin

India is just as innovative as the US or China, Verizon executive says – CNBC piece

Nebraska’s ‘Silicon Prairie’ is growing into a hub for innovation – Crunchbase News piece

Schumer floats proposal for major new research-funding entity – American Institute of Physics FYI bulletin

Trump officials battle over plan to keep technology out of Chinese hands – New York Times piece

Welcome to the new phase of US-China tech competition – Defense One piece

Trade wars and other geopolitical tensions strain US-China scientific collaborations – Physics Today piece

Shenzhen takes on new role as basic research centre after earning reputation for rapid product development – South China Morning Post piece

Singapore overtakes the US to become world’s most competitive country, WEF says – CNBC piece

Engage and take action!

Complete this anonymous survey so that the NASEM study committee and policymakers become more aware of how the US can bolster its science, technology, and innovation leadership. We will collate the nonpartisan, objective responses based on statements of fact and submit them to the NASEM committee, as well as post them on this site, so that policymakers can access a diversity of expert points of view. Thank you for your efforts!