The Next 75 Years of Science Policy

In this special section, we will be publishing dozens of ambitious, challenging, and innovative proposals on how to structure the resources of science to enable the best possible future. Contributors will include everyone from recognized global leaders to early career researchers, policymakers, businesspeople, and our readers, creating a forum for the exchange of ideas about reinvigorating the scientific enterprise. 


Stuck in 1955

Engineering Education Needs a Revolution

The “pipeline” concept has long kept people out of the field of engineering. It’s time to address the needs of today’s digital, diverse, global, and rapidly changing society.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

It’s Not a Race

Innovation Is a Dance Between Discovery and Use

Unprecedented public, bipartisan, political support for ambitious new investments in science and innovation signal a desire to boost US innovation. The proposed enhancements will be most effective if they understand the rich history of the way ideas and solutions develop.Read More

Resilient Science

Envisioning Science for an Unknown Future

We can prepare today for a better planet, a thriving planet, one in which humanity benefits from the discoveries of science, but doing so depends on nurturing and sustaining a scientific infrastructure that is both resilient and flexible.Read More

Science and Technology Philanthropy

America’s Unique Research Advantage

Philanthropy is often left out of the discussion despite its long-proven role in leading science and technology into the future and improving the lives of people everywhere.Read More

Diversity in STEM

Nothing Succeeds Like Success

To expand participation in science and engineering, we need to fund the institutions and programs that are already graduating diverse students.Read More

Restructuring the Enterprise

Time to Say Goodbye to Our Heroes?

To deal with the human and environmental urgencies of the next 75 years, we need a system that can create knowledge where we need it and enable faster adoption of innovations. This revised structure must enable broader participation on every axis, including gender, socioeconomic background, race, nationality—and across disciplines.Read More

Introducing a New Inquiry

the next 75 years of science policy

The Next 75 Years of US 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

A New S&T Policy for a New Global Reality

Scientific research has become global: scientists and engineers around the world are linked in a dense network, collaborating and sharing results in real time. This new reality is not well understood or appreciated by an overconfident US policy establishment.Read More

Innovation-Based Economic Security

The United States does not have a global science and technology strategy. It is time for the US to adopt a new aim for science and technology policy—that of achieving economic security through innovation, with a coherent set of organizing principles that allow the government to analyze progress, distribute resources, and coordinate actions.Read More

Use-Inspired Research

How to Build Upon Vannevar Bush’s “Wild Garden” to Cultivate Solutions to Human Needs

To meet this moment, we need to ensure that our federally sponsored research addresses questions that will enhance our competitiveness now and in the future. At the same time, we need better ways to usher more of those research advances into the marketplace.Read More

Over the next year, we will be publishing dozens of ambitious, challenging, and innovative proposals on how to structure the resources of science to enable the best possible future.

Immigration Policy

Attracting (and Keeping) the Best and the Brightest

Grudgingly accepting the world’s best and brightest students, scientists, and entrepreneurs is no longer enough; the United States needs to be actively recruiting them. And legislators need to give them a clear legal path to work here.Read More


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The Next 75 Years of Science Policy” has been made possible through the generous support of The Kavli Foundation.

Illustrations by Shonagh Rae.