Day One 2025 Idea Open Call R&D and Innovation

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Science, technology, and innovation policies are key to unlocking new frontiers of opportunity that drive economic growth, improve lives, and build a safer, more equitable and resilient world. We believe that this requires the public R&D ecosystem to be well-funded, open, inclusive of and accessible to all people, eager to experiment, and willing to rigorously evaluate itself and correct course when evidence points to this not being the case. FAS seeks policy ideas that support a dynamic and strategic R&D enterprise, emphasize a geographically diverse approach to innovation, embed equity within innovation frameworks, and encourage public participation. These policies are key to ensuring that social, economic, and environmental prosperity resulting from scientific advances are broadly and equitably shared across all people and regions of the United States.

We are particularly interested in ideas around the topics listed below. Click each to learn more.

R&D Enterprise

The health of the U.S. science, technology, and innovation enterprise depends greatly on our ability to identify and pursue next generation capabilities that will transform the innovation landscape. Our priority questions are:


In an era of constrained R&D budgets and political uncertainty, it is critical to explore innovative strategies that could maximize the efficiency and productivity of our existing R&D investments. Experimentation that increased the effectiveness of existing R&D spending could unlock large returns to science and technology. Our priority questions are:

Equitable Innovation

Good ideas can come from anywhere, but without an equitable, systemic approach to how we identify, develop, and propagate these ideas, we stifle our ability to provide the best solutions that benefit everyone in our nation. Our priority questions are:

Health Equity

Despite significant advances in healthcare and medicine, many communities and demographics are still left out of the health research space. In particular, women’s health research is lagging behind and in need of significant investment and focus. Ideas that leverage existing technologies and better evaluate efficacy can provide insight with minimal additional investment. Our priority questions are:

Space Policy

As the number of space-faring nations increases, it is imperative the U.S. remain a leader in shaping the norms of civil and commercial space to ensure peaceful, democratic, and accessible use of space. Our priority questions are:

Tech Commercialization

The innovation ecosystem of the future will require efficient transfer of new products and designs to market, as well as policies that incentivize and attract entrepreneurs to pursue potential opportunities that may have potential for tech transfer. Our priority questions are:

Bio R&D/Bioeconomy

Bio R&D is the largest segment of the R&D enterprise, so ensuring that these federal research activities are best maximizing that investment will have a significant impact on our global competitiveness. Additionally, harnessing biotechnology to boost the bioeconomy will unlock new opportunities for innovation, cleaner energy, and a more resilient supply chain. Our priority questions include:

Supply Chain Resilience

A modern, resilient supply chain is critical to U.S. global competitiveness. Significant vulnerabilities were identified and keenly felt during the COVID-19 pandemic, and must be addressed immediately. This includes threat mitigation related to vulnerabilities in physical infrastructure, marketplace demands, and climate impacts. Our priority questions include:

Educating and Developing S&T Talent

In order for the U.S. to remain globally competitive, we must fully engage the people, places, and processes that will position us for success. That means finding, educating, training, upskilling, reskilling, recruiting, and advancing our domestic talent, while also attracting the best global thinkers into our workforce with smart and straightforward immigration policy, specifically for high skilled workers. Our priority questions are:

Regional Innovation

In addition to cultivating and equipping the right talent, we must also consider the processes and components that will help us to succeed in any sector of science, technology, and innovation. These building blocks to our future will require regional investment in innovation, advanced manufacturing and product development. Our priority questions are:

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