WASHINGTON (April 22, 2013) - The America COMPETES Act was originally enacted in 2007 with the goal of enhancing the science, technology and innovation enterprise that underpins U.S. economic growth. While the Act has been successful in improving federal innovation policy, more can be done to improve the implementation, coordination and overall success of science and technology policy and further its impact on the economy.
A new report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) argues that with the Act now up for reauthorization Congress has an opportunity to adopt new and creative approaches to spurring U.S. innovation-based competitiveness. 25 Recommendations for the 2013 America COMPETES Act Reauthorization offers a series of policy reforms designed to transform the U.S. innovation system and better translate science and technology development into economic development.
"We need more innovation in innovation policy," notes Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF and co-author of the report. "It is not enough to simply increase funding for existing initiatives, as important as doing that is. It's also necessary to spur institutional innovation in the entire system to ensure that new innovations are developed, commercialized and deployed as effectively and as quickly as possible."
The report breaks its recommendations into three categories: improving innovation and technology commercialization; implementing federal institutional reforms to spur innovation; and enhancing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Individual proposals include: the creation of a Spurring Commercialization of Our Nation's Research (SCNR) program to improve the commercialization of university, state, and federal laboratory research; the development of a National Engineering