Huge Proposed Increases in USA Government Science and Engineering Support
Posted on April 3, 2021 Comments (0)
The Biden administration has proposed greatly increasing USA government spending on science and engineering. They are proposing levels last seen in the 1960s when the USA was most committed to science and engineering spending (as most visibly seen in support for NASA).
Establish the United States as a leader in climate science, innovation, and R&D. The President is calling on Congress to invest $35 billion in the full range of solutions needed to achieve technology breakthroughs that address the climate crisis and position America as the global leader in clean energy technology and clean energy jobs. This includes launching ARPA-C to develop new methods for reducing emissions and building climate resilience, as well as expanding across-the-board funding for climate research. In addition to a $5 billion increase in funding for other climate-focused research, his plan will invest $15 billion in demonstration projects for climate R&D priorities, including utility-scale energy storage, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, advanced nuclear, rare earth element separations, floating offshore wind, biofuel/bioproducts, quantum computing, and electric vehicles, as well as strengthening U.S. technological leadership in these areas in global markets.
Eliminate racial and gender inequities in research and development and science, technology, engineering, and math. Discrimination leads to less innovation: one study found that innovation in the United States will quadruple if women, people of color, and children from low-income families invented at the rate of groups who are not held back by discrimination and structural barriers. Persistent inequities in access to R&D dollars and to careers in innovation industries prevents the U.S. economy from reaching its full potential. President Biden is calling on Congress to make a $10 billion R&D investment at HBCUs and other MSIs. He also is calling on Congress to invest $15 billion in creating up to 200 centers of excellence that serve as research incubators at HBCUs and other MSIs to provide graduate fellowships and other opportunities for underserved populations, including through pre-college programs.
This text is from The White House Infrastructure Plan (The American Jobs Plan). Likely this link will stop working in several years (once a new administration takes over.
I have written a great deal about the importance of science and engineering to the long term economic success of the USA and other countries. See the related links below. I support greatly increasing the USA government spending on science and engineering. I also support the current administration’s practice of making policy decisions based on an understanding of the current scientific understanding. I haven’t had a chance to look at the targeting of spending and I am sure I would have adjustments if it were up to me where to focus investments but the overall thrust of the current administration would be a great benefit to the USA economy over the next few decades.
As I have said before the USA has been living off of scientific investments made over 50 years ago for many decades. Our failures to prioritize science and engineering over the last few decades has been very costly and those costs are increasing rapidly. I hope we again prioritize the importance of science and engineering.
Related: Scientific Research Spending Cuts in the USA and Increases Overseas are Tempting Scientists to Leave the USA (2013) – Global Scientific Leadership (2006) – The Politics of Anti-Science (2011) – Engineering the Future Economy (2006) – The Relative Economic Position of the USA is Likely to Decline (2009) – Science and Engineering in Global Economics (2006) – Diplomacy and Science Research (2006)