Close the Innovation Deficit is an effort by leaders of the business, higher education, scientific, and high-tech manufacturing communities who are concerned about cuts and stagnating federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations are pouring resources into these areas.

These leaders believe the nation needs sustained investments in research and higher education to develop the ideas, the people, and the innovations that power the nation’s economy, create jobs, improve health, and strengthen our national security, ensuring that the U.S. maintains its role as global leader. They also believe that the growth supported by innovation will help the nation address its fiscal challenges.

On April 29, 2014, 50 industry, university, scientific, and patient organizations submitted a testimony for the Senate Appropriations Hearing on "Driving Innovation Through Federal Investments". Those who gave their support to the testimony are listed here:

Aerospace Industries Association 
American Anthropological Association 
American Association for the Advancement 
of Science 
American Astronomical Society 
American Cancer Society Cancer Action 
American Council on Education 
American Heart Association 
American Institute for Medical and 
Biological Engineering 
American Institute for Biological Sciences 
American Mathematical Society 
American Physical Society 
American Physiological Society 
American Society for Microbiology 
American Society of Plant Biologists 
American Statistical Association 
Association of American Geographers 
Association of American Medical Colleges 
Association of American Universities 
Association of Independent Research 
Association of Public and Land-grant 
Association of Research Libraries 
Business-Higher Education Forum 
Coalition for National Science Funding 
Coalition for National Security Research 
Computing Research Association

Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Consortium of Social Science Associations
Council of Graduate Schools
Council on Competitiveness
Energy Science Coalition
Entomological Society of America
Federation of American Societies for
Experimental Biology
Federation of Associations in Behavioral &
Brain Sciences
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Industrial Research Institute
Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Materials Research Society
Mathematical Association of America
Semiconductor Industry Association
Semiconductor Research Corporation
Society for Industrial and Applied
Society for Industrial and Organizational
Stand With Science
Task Force on American Innovation
The Ecological Society of America
The Optical Society
The Science Coalition
United for Medical Research
Women in Mathematics