Science and R&D

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

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.

What The U.S. Can Learn From Denmark's Industrial PhD Program

November 20, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Denmark’s industrial-focused doctorate can serve as a model for private sector-relevant education and research. The program is designed to increase knowledge sharing between universities and private sector companies, promote research with commercial perspectives, and increase the number of professional with Ph.Ds. in the Danish economy. 

Fixing the U.S. Budget Deficit

November 6, 2013
Robert Atkinson appeared on Bloomberg Radio’s Taking Stock to discuss policy reforms that can address the budget deficit without sacrificing growth inducing federal investments.

Robert Atkinson appeared on Bloomberg Radio’s Taking Stock to discuss policy reforms that can address the budget deficit without sacrificing growth inducing federal investments.

Universities as Innovation Engines: New Evidence

October 23, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

A new research paper compares patent applications from startup university spinoffs and finds they are more innovative than comparable firms, in part because of their stronger ties to research networks and close proximity to universities.

R&D funding hit hard by govt. shutdown

Innovation Trail
Stephen Ezell argues the shutdown is just another example of the failure of the federal government to consistently and predictably invest in scientific research.

Engineering 2.0: Rekindling American Ingenuity

September 11, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
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Engineering is the “sine qua non” of technological innovation. Unfortunately, the U.S. is falling behind in the race for global innovation advantage in part because we are unable to efficiently translate research into competitively produced products. This leads to huge trade deficits in advanced technology products and stagnant growth. Read more »

What Emerging Knowledge Economy?

August 29, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

It's not uncommon for many college education and STEM advocates to claim that the fastest growing occupations over the next decade will require a college education and/or STEM skills. In this view, the economy is shedding low skill jobs (either from automation or trade) and America is specializing in high-wage, knowledge-based jobs that require a college degree.

Scientific Researchers at Asian Universities Attracting More Industry Funding than American Counterparts

August 21, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

A report released last week by Times Higher Education, the World Academic Summit Innovation Index, finds that university scientific researchers from many Asian nations—including Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and China—are attracting substantially more industry funding per researcher than their American counterparts. What makes this all the more striking is that American researchers tend to cost more than their Korean counterparts, and yet the latter still receive more funding.

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