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

Author: Matt Hourihan and Dan Correa


Summary


The next Administration should accelerate federal basic and applied research investments over a period of five years to return funding to its historical average as a share of GDP.  While this ambitious yet achievable strategy should encompass the entire research portfolio, it should particularly seek to reverse the long-term erosion of collective investments in physical and computer science, mathematics, and engineering to lay the foundation for economic competitiveness deep into the 21st century. This proposal outlines a strategy and series of steps for the federal government to take to reinvigorate U.S. competitiveness by restoring research and development investments. 


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