T he genesis of some of our nation’s greatest scientific discoveries, technological innovations, healthcare interventions and military strategies have grown from the social and behavioral sciences funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DoD),
RESTORING THE FOUNDATION The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dreamamerican academy of arts & sciences Cherishing Knowledge, Shaping the Future Since its founding in 1780, the American Academy has served the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. As one of the nation
In the first seven months of sequestration, 70% of responding universities cited delays in research projects and 70% experienced reductions in the number of new research grants. The widespread delays and reductions in research activities reported by the survey respondents have immediate, real costs for researchers and students as well as long-term financial and opportunity costs for the nation’s research enterprise.
Guiding Principles for the America COMPETES Act Reauthorization The business, higher education, and scientific and engineering communities greatly appreciate efforts by the Congress and the current and past Administrations to respond to issues raised in the National Academies’ 2007 report, Rising Above the Gathering St
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Barry Toiv September 19, 2012 202-408-7500, firstname.lastname@example.org AAU PROPOSES HIGHER EDUCATION, INNOVATION AGENDA FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, NEXT ADMINISTRATION Calls for Strengthening Partnership Between Federal Government and Research Universities The Association of American Universitie
Partnering For A Prosperous & Secure Future: The Federal Government And Research Universities September 2012 Association of american universitiesAbout AAU and This Paper The Association of American Universities is a nonprofit association of 59 leading U.S. public and private nonprofit research universities, and two top
Selected quotations from the NRC report on research universities from the report and its authors.
AAU issues a statement welcoming the new NRC report, "Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security."
The federal regulation of research has become excessively burdensome, argue staff members from AAU and COGR in an article in Issues in Science and Technology. Increasing regulatory and reporting requirements should be replaced by new and more timely and flexible mechanisms for universities and associations to work with federal officials.
AAU issues a statement in support of President Obama's new Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Initiative.
An AAU, APLU, and COGR report submitted to the National Research Council panel that is studying the future of the research university which lays out recommendations for reforming regulatory and compliance costs of university-based research.
The innovations that have improved the country’s productivity and quality of life are ultimately grounded in the results of basic research. Basic research is the part of the research and development (R&D) that contributes to our fundamental stock of knowledge, yet is conducted without specific applications in mind. Despite its value to society as a whole, basic research is underfunded by private firms precisely because it is performed with no specific commercial applications in mind. Instead, businesses have an incentive to concentrate their R&D spending on the development of products or processes with direct commercial value..
We are heartened by the commitment to science and technology that you demonstrated during your campaign and that you have acted on during the transition. This is especially true of your appointments to key Administration positions. Indeed, by appointing John Holdren as your science and technology adviser at such an early date, you have already addressed one of our major policy recommendations. As your team works to develop an economic recovery package as well as longer-term national policy, a sustained focus on science and technology must be a top priority. We have already spoken with members of your transition team and offered recommendations about research funding, as an element of your economic recovery plan as well as your FY10 budget and beyond..
Summary of Key Policy Recommendations for the Next President
The next President will make decisions that determine our nation’s place in the 21st century. We remain the world’s military and economic superpower, yet at home and abroad we face economic and national security challenges to our leadership with serious consequences for future generations of Americans. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Americans will judge candidates on their ability to lead the nation in addressing these challenges..
Last year, the Task Force on the Future of American Innovation issued The Knowledge Economy: Is the United States Losing Its Competitive Edge? Subtitled "Benchmarks of Our Innovation Future," the white paper provided a number of measures to determine whether the United States was in position to maintain its global leadership in research and technology...This document updates The Knowledge Economy. It provides the latest available information on the benchmarks cited last year, and it establishes new ones as well. It makes clear that the problems we described last year — in areas that include federal support for basic research in the physical sciences and engineering, Ph.D.s in the natural sciences and engineering, students' interest in pursuing science and engineering studies, and the trade balance in high-tech products — have not disappeared..
Section-By-Section Analysis of The National Competitiveness Investment Act
Nearly 50 years ago, faced with similar challenges following the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union, America responded by enacting the National Defense Education Act and by multiplying the nation’s investment in university-based research. The Association of American Universities (AAU) believes that today’s challenges demand a comparable response. In that spirit, AAU calls on the Administration, Congress, and academia, with the help of the business sector, to implement a 21st Century National Defense Education and Innovation Initiative aimed at meeting the economic and security challenges we will face over the next half-century. Government and America’s universities and colleges should implement this initiative now, so that it can be fully in place by 2008 – the 50th anniversary of the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) of 1958..
The Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading public and private research universities, today proposed a national education and innovation initiative "aimed at meeting the economic and security challenges we will face over the next half-century." The initiative, described in a white paper (http://www.aau.edu/reports/NDEII.pdf) issued by AAU today, contains a broad set of recommendations for policy changes and investments, primarily by universities and the federal government, designed to strengthen the nation’s capacity to perform basic, university-based research; cultivate American talent in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, and foreign languages; and continue to attract and retain the best talent from overseas..
In 1958, following the Soviet launch of Sputnik, Congress enacted the original National Defense Education Act (NDEA). The NDEA inspired generations of U.S. students to pursue study in fields vital to national security and aided the nation in establishing its dominance in science and technology for the next half century. The NDEA has largely expired, but as we approach its 50th anniversary, the national security and economic challenges facing our nation are as daunting as ever. To meet them, AAU believes we need to inspire a new generation of students to pursue degrees in areas critical to national defense and homeland security. We call upon Congress and the Administration to enact a new comprehensive National Defense Education Act..
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