Congress should create a Deputy Director for Economic Growth and Innovation Position at NSF.
The National Science Foundation needs more resources devoted to assessing the agency’s impact on economic growth and innovation. Accordingly, NSF should create a new position for a Deputy Director of Economic Growth and Innovation. The position should be filled by an individual with professional competence in understanding the design of innovative systems, building rapid learning data systems, linking creative ideas from all disciplines, and organizing needed advisory committees. The Deputy Director should look to articulate policies that can accelerate recovery and sustain a GDP/per capita growth rate that is at least one percent above the pre-crash baseline.