Competitiveness & Innovation

The American Physical Society supports the opinion of the National Academy of Sciences "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" report, which states:

"We owe our current prosperity, security, and good health to the investments of past generations, and we are obliged to renew those commitments in education, research, and innovation policies to ensure that the American people continue to benefit from the remarkable opportunities provided by the rapid development of the global economy and its not inconsiderable underpinning in science and technology."

Innovation is the engine that drives economic growth. America must continue investing in basic scientific research (Statement 05.2) if it is to remain competitive in the 21st century. Renewing efforts to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education (Statement 13.1) is crucial to sustaining cutting-edge concepts and to addressing our greatest global challenges.

In the News

funding-iconFederal Research Funds Caught in Political Vise
A recent op-ed in the Houston Chronicle calls on Texas lawmakers to support bills that strengthen scientific research and the U.S. innovation enterprise.
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DC Capitol Federal STEM Education
On July 18, 2014 the Senate released the America COMPETES reauthorization act. Included in the bill was language suggested by APS as part of the Physical Sciences Education Policy Coalition, defining "evidence-based" as applied to STEM education programs.
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For the Record

Society statements on competitiveness and innovation:

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POPA Publications

Energy Critical Elements: Securing Materials for Emerging Technologies

Readiness of the U.S. Nuclear Workforce for 21st Century Challenges

Physics, Technology, and Economic Growth (PDF)