A Research Agenda to Get More People Out of Poverty

It has become increasingly clear that technological progress in free market economies will not eliminate poverty. It is equally doubtful that any one program of redistribution is equal to the challenge. But in principle the right mix of policies could allow for some redistribution without detriment to economic productivity. A significant governmental investment in research to test various promising combinations of programs could help lift the most disadvantaged people out of poverty while maintaining a vibrant and innovative economy.Read More


Equity and Justice

There Can Be No Innovation Without Diversity

True innovation requires a diversity of voices and perspectives at all operational levels, including the scientists in the laboratories who develop new approaches, the physicians who leverage technological advancements, and, most importantly, the people who benefit from them.Read More

Innovative Labs

Scaling Research Solutions for Society’s Real Problems

To ensure that our scientific research benefits everyone in our country, we must get more innovation out of our labs and into our communities. This change will require rapidly identifying, scaling, and distributing solutions to the entire population. Read More

Growth and Productivity

For a Competitive Economy, We Need a Skilled Workforce

Labor force trends have changed dramatically over recent decades. The United States must make sustained investments in worker training and higher education to make sure it can meet the shifting needs of a scientifically productive society.Read More

Leading Through the Portal

Imagining the Role of the Research University Anew

Catastrophes offer the opportunity to rethink established institutions, such as the research university. With targeted, smart planning, academia can play a new and important role in helping society become more resilient and better prepared for the future.Read More

In focus

Introducing a New Inquiry

The Next 75 Years of Science and Innovation Policy

The vision for the US scientific enterprise after World War II has been abundantly realized. Now we must consider how to structure scientific research to meet human needs in a world of accelerating change.Read More

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How Social Science Can Help Address Future Crises

By uncovering the uniquely human factors that affect responses to catastrophes, the social sciences can inform more nuanced and effective policy, now and in the future.Read More

Catalyzing Innovation

Why the United States Needs a National Technology Strategy

Win-win technology choices do exist. With the right incentives, it is possible to make strategic investments in technology that achieve multiple national objectives.Read More

Science for Policy

Incentivizing Public Interest Science

Informing policy decisions with research is central to good governance. How do elected leaders shape what is studied so that the appropriate and required expertise is likely to be available when they need it?Read More

Stuck in 1955

Stuck in 1955, Engineering Education Needs a Revolution

It’s high time for a sea change in values and curricula in order to create an educational system that prepares students for today’s digital, diverse, global, and rapidly changing society.Read More


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