On Sept. 16, the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C., released a special report on keeping the U.S. at the forefront of scientific and engineering research. The report, “Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream,” underscores the importance of research, particularly basic research, in driving innovation. It recommends increased federal support for basic research, reducing administrative burdens on researchers, and forming a robust partnership among universities, industry, and government to advance scientific discovery.
The project chairs are Neal F. Lane, senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute who served as director of the National Science Foundation under President Clinton; and Norman R. Augustine, former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corp.
The public announcement may be viewed at www.amacad.org/restoringthefoundation. Speakers include Congressman Rush Holt of New Jersey; Augustine and Lane; former congressman Bart Gordon, and the presidents of the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Hunter Rawlings and Peter McPherson.
Please also visit www.amacad.org/restoringthefoundation to download the full report and for more information about the project.