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. 


An Antipoverty Agenda

A Research Agenda to Get More People Out of Poverty

Far too many people live in poverty, even in high-income countries such as the United States and Canada. 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

Justice and Equity

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

Transformative Research 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 not only producing solutions, but then rapidly identifying, scaling, and distributing them 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

Research Universities

Imagining the Role of the Research University Anew

Research universities have a responsibility to play a greater role in helping society address and plan for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead—including climate change, equity, health and aging, security, and strengthening democratic institutions. With targeted, smart planning over the next few years, society can be better prepared to meet future crises. To help with that preparation, universities must leverage the talent in scientific, engineering, and policy communities to create a more resilient, inclusive, and agile research enterprise.Read More

The United States needs universities—some of the most fiercely competitive and proudly autonomous global institutions in America—to coalesce around national interests in economic prosperity and economic security.

Greatness Thrust Upon Them

US Research Universities and the National Interest

Science and technology capabilities in other nations—particularly China—are developing at rates that the United States is struggling to keep up with. US research universities need to set aside business-as-usual calls for federal funding of curiosity-driven research and coalesce around national interests in economic prosperity and economic security. Read More

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.