U.S. Still a Leader on Innovation, but Don’t Get Complacent

By January 19, 2010Innovation, Technology

From the White House Blog, a post by Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development with the Office of Science and Technology Policy, “Science and Engineering Indicators 2010: A Report Card for U.S. Science, Engineering, and Technology“:

[In] an event at the White House [Monday], the National Science Board released its Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 report. This report, produced every two years by the Board—the governing body for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NSF’s Division of Science Resources Statistics, is the major authoritative source of U.S. and international data on science, engineering, and technology and is packed with a wealth of indicators on research and development (R&D) spending, trends in higher education and workforce development in science and engineering (S&E) fields, public attitudes toward science and technology, and new patterns of international collaboration in research. In a way, it’s like a report card on U.S. science, engineering, and technology, comparing U.S. performance with other nations. It also tells us where the U.S. stands and compares American S&E performance to that of other nations.

The latest edition of Indicators tells us that the state of U.S. science and engineering is strong, but that U.S. dominance of world science and engineering has eroded significantly in recent years, primarily because of rapidly increasing capabilities among East Asian nations, particularly China.

NAM President John Engler plans to address the China’s growing investment in goverment-supported research in his statement tomorrow at a House Science Committee hearing, “America COMPETES: Big Picture Perspectives on the Need for Innovation, Investments in R&D and a Commitment to STEM Education.” 

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