Innovation, including the diffusion of information technology throughout the economy, is key to boosting productivity, which in turn is at the heart of increasing living standards.

Role the U.S. Government Can Play in Restoring U.S. Innovation Leadership

March 24, 2010
| Testimony and Filings

ITIF President Rob Atkinson testified before the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, offering suggestions on how the government can support innovation and strengthen U.S. competitiveness. In his testimony Atkinson laid out ITIF’s analysis showing how the U.S. is falling behind other nations and made the case for eight steps that include the establishment of a national innovation foundation, improvements in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, and smarter commercialization of research.

Eight Ideas for Improving the America COMPETES Act

March 8, 2010
| Reports

Reauthorizing the American COMPETES Act provides an opportunity to continue policies the U.S. needs to compete in the innovation-based global economy, but more can and should be done.  In this report, ITIF President Rob Atkinson outlines eight ideas to improve the U.S. innovation system by leveraging non-federal resources and spurring education, technology commercialization, and institutional reforms at the federal level.