Science and R&D

In an economy powered by innovation and technology, more proactive R&D policies are key to success.

Time for an Innovation and Growth Budget, Not an Austerity Budget

Is This the End of Moore’s Law?

Manufacturing.net
ITIF hosted a panel on the policies needed to improve semiconductor innovation.

Critique of OECD R&D Tax Credit Report

December 13, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

A recent report by the OECD misses the forest for the trees, providing cautionary advice about R&D credits for policymakers while downplaying their effectiveness and ignoring important rationale behind them. While smart policy design is always welcome, most of the OECD’s worries are overstated or simply nonsensical. The R&D credit continues to provide a critical incentive for American innovation and should be expanded considerably.

Strengthening National Laboratory Commercialization

December 10, 2013 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Cannon House Office Building, Room 121
United States Capitol
Washington
DC
20510

Post-World War II era U.S. science, technology, and innovation policy has been defined by a linear approach to public investment in basic research. For many decades, this worked because the United States was one of the few countries with the technological capabilities to translate research into new products and services. Read more »

Strengthening National Laboratory Commercialization

December 10, 2013
This event evaluated the current technology transfer capabilities of the National Laboratories and the reforms needed to strengthen commercialization.

Post-World War II era U.S. science, technology, and innovation policy has been defined by a linear approach to public investment in basic research. For many decades, this worked because the United States was one of the few countries with the technological capabilities to translate research into new products and services. But in today’s intensely competitive global economy where nations are fiercely competing for innovation advantage, this paradigm is no longer tenable. Read more »

The Fiscal Cliff for University R&D

December 8, 2013
Robert Atkinson discussed America’s declining investment in university research on ABC7’s Government Matters.

Robert Atkinson discussed America’s declining investment in university research on ABC7’s Government Matters, the Washington, DC public affairs program.

University Research Funding: Still Lagging and Showing No Signs of Improvement

December 6, 2013
| Reports

It will come as a surprise to many that America is no longer, and nowhere near, the lead nation in terms of funding university research. In fact, of 39 nations, the U.S. ranks just 24th in government funding and 27th in business funding as a share of GDP. In fact, the leading seven nations invest more than double the U.S. level. The result over time will be a continued loss of U.S. competitiveness.

Enhancing Technology Commercialization through SBIR/STTR Reform

December 3, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Cannon House Office Building
United States Capitol
121
Washington
DC
20510

Post-World War II era U.S. science, technology, and innovation policy has been defined by a linear approach to public investment in basic research. For many decades, this policy worked because the United States was one of the few countries with the technological capabilities to translate research into new products and services. Read more »

Robust Federal Investment in Scientific Research Critical to Sustaining Moore’s Law

November 22, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Moore’s Law may reach its limit by 2020. Foundational innovation in semiconductor electronics will be needed in both the public and private sector to insure computing power continues to advance and promote our future digital economy.