Science and R&D

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

Federally Supported Innovations

February 3, 2014
| Reports

The report examines 22 cases of successful U.S. innovation in which the development of key foundational technologies stemmed at least in part from federal investment in research and development (R&D). The cases cover technologies developed across a wide range of fields over the past half century, from information and communications technology, energy, and healthcare to transportation, agriculture, and mathematics. The report explains how federal support for R&D is critically important to today’s innovation system, including because of its investment in research and in technologies too far from market for the private sector to invest in, and because federal investment in R&D complements and spurs additional private sector R&D investment. It concludes by arguing that if the United States wishes to regain the world lead in terms of innovation (as a share of its economy) it will need to expand, not contract, federal support for R&D, which means reversing the sequestration cuts to federal R&D scheduled to return in FY 2015.

Senator Coons Unveils Bill to Modernize National Labs and Spur Innovation

January 30, 2014
Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced the introduction of the America INNOVATES Act on the floor of the U.S. Senate Jan. 29

Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced the introduction of the America INNOVATES Act on the floor of the U.S. Senate Jan. 29. The legislation is based, in part, on the June 2013 report Turning the Page: Reimagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy produced by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the Center for American Progress, and the Heritage Foundation.

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Manufacturing Institutes: A Key to Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing

January 30, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The U.S. has developed a number of innovative technologies, from LED displays to solar cells, and then seen the large scale manufacturing of these products move overseas. The National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) is a unique, government-university-industry partnership designed to address this issue by creating a conduit for innovative R&D to be transitioned to design and manufacture he in the United States, promoting competitiveness and job growth. 

Enhancing University-Industry R&D Partnerships

January 28, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322
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 U.S. was one of the few countries with the technological capabilities to translate research into new products and services. Read more »

The Role of Intangible, Knowledge-based Capital in Economic Growth

January 14, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K St. NW
610A
Washington
DC
20005

As economies become more innovation-based, intangible capital (e.g., R&D, copyrights, software, skills, brands, organizational know-how) is becoming a more important driver of growth and competitiveness. What nations are investing in the most intangible assets and which have the most intangible capital? Are all kinds of intangible capital equal when it comes to driving growth Read more »

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 »

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