ACE and four other higher education associations have submitted comments on updating a 2011 Obama administration policy document, Strategy for American Innovation.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council issued a request for information (RFI) earlier this year to inform the revision process.
The RFI features a list of 25 questions focusing on policies and initiatives that should be prioritized in the next version of the document; challenges and opportunities for innovation; specific actions the federal government can take; and practices in other countries the United States might consider.
The associations identify the top priority as increasing the productivity of national science and technology, including basic research conducted at universities.
“Unfortunately, the nation’s ability to make sound and sustained investments in fundamental research has been hampered by sequestration and unrealistic caps on discretionary spending imposed by the Budget Control Act,” the groups wrote. “Indeed, we view sequestration as the greatest threat to future U.S. innovation.”
Further questions drill down to innovation trends; workforce development; regional innovation ecosystems; intellectual property; and novel governmental tools for promoting innovation, among others.
The other associations endorsing the comments include the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Council on Governmental Relations and the Association of American Medical Colleges.