Day One Project

Federation of American Scientists

1112 16th Street NW

Washington, DC 20036

©2020 by The Day One Project, an initiative of the Federation of American Scientists

Day One Policy Proposals

An initial set of 15 policy proposals on science and technology priorities.

Addressing the Organ Donor Crisis

Eliminating the waiting list for organ transplants in the United States could save tens of thousands of lives and billions of taxpayer dollars. This proposal presents a series of actions to end the wait list for organ transplants.

Donna Cryer, Jennifer Erickson, Crystal Gadegbeku, Greg Segal and Abe Sutton


Tags: Organ Transplants, Public Health, Regulation, Cost Savings

Ambitious, Achievable, and Sustainable: A Blueprint for Reclaiming American Research Leadership

A proposal to accelerate federal basic and applied research investments to return funding to its historical average as a share of GDP over a period of five years, with a particular focus on reversing the long-term erosion of collective investments in physical and computer science, mathematics, and engineering to lay the foundation for U.S. competitiveness deep into the 21st century.

Matt Hourihan and Dan Correa

Tags: Innovation, R&D Investment, U.S. competitiveness, Economic Development

A Civic Research Initiative to Transform State and Local Government

Civic research is a collaborative process to address public priorities through partnerships between universities, state and local agencies, and community organizations. This proposal offers recommendations for actions to leverage and advance civic research to address community priorities related to the delivery of public services, management and design of the built environment and the fulfillment of climate goals.

Ben Levine

Tags: Collaborative partnerships, Universities, State and Local Government, Advancing Research and Development  

Closing Critical Gaps from Lab to Market

Closing gaps between scientific and technological discovery and commercialization is critical to enhance and ensure the United States long-term economic vitality and leadership in S&T innovation. This proposal outlines actions for the federal government to better leverage research systems and funding to catalyze the U.S. S&T entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Phil Weilerstein, Shaheen Mamawala, and Heath Naquin

Tags: Research and Development for Economic Growth, Innovation and Technology, STEM

Creating the Health Advanced Research Project Agency (HARPA)

The establishment of a new Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA) would aim to catalyze research programs and efforts from the private sector to develop new capabilities for disease prevention, detection, and treatment. This proposal outlines actions for the federal government to take launch and establish HARPA.

Michael Stebbins and Geoff Ling

Tags: Research and Development, Public Health, Innovation

Diminishing Russian Influence: Overcoming Coordinated Disinformation Operations through Federal Policy

Internet-based disinformation operations have infiltrated the universe of political communications in the United States. This paper presents recommendations for the federal government to undertake a two-part approach to counter disinformation operations. 

Dipayan Ghosh

Tags: Disinformation, Technology, Regulation

Establishing a National Manufacturing Foundation‚Äč

A new national initiative outlining the need for a National Manufacturing Foundation to ensure that discoveries and inventions made in the United States are manufactured at scale in the United States. 

Sridhar Kota and Tom Mahoney

Tags: Advanced Manufacturing, Economic Development, Research and Development

Have Your Data and Use It Too: A Federal Initiative for Protecting Privacy while Advancing AI

Privacy-preserving machine learning (PPML) offers a collection of new artificial intelligence techniques capable of providing benefits while minimizing data-privacy concerns. This proposal explores opportunities for the federal government to implement a set of initiatives to advance the use and applications for PPML. 

Roxanne Heston and Helen Toner

Tags: Privacy, Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Making Computer Science Education Universal for All Students

Establishing a national initiative to accelerate the implementation of computer science education for preschool through grade 12 is critical for the future of technology and the U.S. economy. This paper offers a practical approach to scaling computer science education for students across the United States. 

Ruthe Farmer

Tags: Computer Science, STEM, Education, Inclusivity, Economic Growth

Mass Digitizing Biodiversity Collections of the United States

Mass digitization of the United States biodiversity collections would position the nation to achieve significant advances. This paper outlines proposed actions for the federal government to engage in a sustained, coordinated effort to mass digitize the physical specimens in U.S. biodiversity collections. 

Nick Pyenson

Tags: Smithsonian, Digitization, Biodiversity

Modernizing Radio Spectrum Management

The radio spectrum is one of the most valuable resources in the 21st century. This paper presents a set of policies aimed at maximizing productive use of the radio spectrum, a key public good that can be used to create economic and social value

John Leibovitz and Ruth Milkman

Tags: Federal Communications Commission, Wireless, Radio Spectrum, Science

A National Energy Storage Initiative

Improving energy-storage technologies can help promote and establish a strategic new domestic manufacturing sector, while expanding the range of low-carbon pathways available to fight climate change. This paper outlines approaches to establish a national initiative to advance energy-storage technologies

David Hart

Tags: Clean Energy, Batteries, Power Storage, Deptartment of Energy

A National Strategy on Privacy and Civil Liberties

Digitization of our everyday lives and communications has changed the nature of surveillance in the 21st century. This paper considers how to institute meaningful protections against government surveillance in the United States.

Alex Marthews and Catherine Tucker

Tags: Surveillance, Privacy, Technology, Regulation

Restoring U.S. Leadership in Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing provides an opportunity for the United States to revamp and reestablish its prominence as the global leader in manufacturing. This proposal presents a strategy for leveraging existing efforts with the Advanced Manufacturing Institutes to grow jobs and restore U.S. leadership in manufacturing.

William Bonvillian

Tags: Advanced Manufacturing Institutes, Economic Development, Jobs

Smart Cities Technologies: Driving Economic Growth and Community Resilience

An emerging set of smart technologies offer communities innovative tools to address myriad economic and social challenges. This proposal outlines steps for the federal government to support and advance the capabilities of communities to leverage and take advantage of these innovations. 

Nick Maynard

Tags: Smart Cities, Emerging Technology, Scaling, Economic Impact, Community Inclusion