Illustrated by Karina Mullen

Illustrated by Karina Mullen

Close the Innovation Deficit Statement Commending Senator Durbin For Introducing American Innovation Act (March 16, 2015)

The Close the Innovation Deficit campaign commends Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) for introducing the American Innovation Act. This legislation would take major steps toward closing the nation's innovation deficit by significantly increasing investments in key federal science agencies and programs. 

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AAU-APLU-ACE Letter Urging Budget Committees to Stop Sequestration-Level Spending Caps in FY2016 (February 27, 2015)

A joint letter from AAU, APLU and ACE to the House and Senate Budget Committees urging them to stop sequestration-level spending caps from taking effect in FY2016, and to give high priority to higher education programs and scientific research as they develop an FY2016 Budget Resolution. 

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CNSR Letter to Congress Calling for DOD Funding in FY2015  Omnibus Appropriations Bill (November 20, 2014)

The Coalition for National Security Research wrote a letter to Congress urging them to pass appropriate funding to maintain our military's technological superiority in an FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill.

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Joint NASA-NOAA Letter to OMB Director Donovan Strongly Urging Robust Funding in FY2016 Budget (November 17, 2014)

A letter to OMB Director Shaun Donovan thanking the Administration for its continued support for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)  and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and urging robust funding of these agencies in the President’s FY 2016 budget request.

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NASA-NOAA Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Passage of an FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (November 17, 2014)

A joint NASA-NOAA letter to Majority Leader Reid, Speaker Boehner, and Minority Leaders McConnell and Pelosi urging prompt passage of an FY2015 omnibus appropriations bill that provides robust and sustainable funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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TFAI Letter to Congress on FY2015 Appropriations (November 17, 2014)

The Task Force on American Innovation,  writes to Congress asking them to take swift action during the remainder of the 113th Congress to pass an Omnibus 
Appropriations bill for FY2015 with strong funding levels for research and higher education.

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CNSF Writes Letter to Congress Advocating Passage of a FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill (November 14, 2014)

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) members listed in this letter strongly urge Congress to pass a FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill this year, rather than a continuing resolution based on the FY2014 appropriations levels. 

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Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Recommends That Congress Prioritize FY2015 Appropriations Legislation (November 12, 2014)

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research asks that this omnibus spending package should include an FY 2015 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill that restores funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to, at a minimum, pre-sequestration levels. 

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UMR Sends Letter to Appropriations Committees Leadership Asking For NIH Support in FY2015 Final Spending Bill (November 12, 2014)

United for Medical Research sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees asking them to support NIH funding in FY2015 final spending bill. 

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133 Organizations Sign Letter to Members of Congress Urging Passage of an Omnibus FY2015 Appropriations Bill (November 12, 2014)

A letter to all Members of Congress urging them to pass a FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill this year that includes increased investments in scientific research and higher education needed to help close our nation’s innovation deficit.

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AAAS Releases Report: "Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream" (September 16, 2014)

A report from AAAS offering actionable recommendations for the long-term sustainability of the U.S science and engineering system to ensure that the American people receive the maximum benefit from federal investments in research. 

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AAU and APLU Urge OMB to Uphold Higher Education and Research Funding Commitments in FY16 Budget (August 15, 2014)

A letter from AAU and APLU to the Director of OMB asking that the Administration uphold its commitments to federal investments in higher education and research as it develops the FY16 federal budget. 

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AAU Applauds Increase in Defense Department Basic Research Funding for FY15 (July 21, 2014)

A statement by AAU on the five-percent increase in basic (6.1) Defense research funding approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 17th. 

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AAU Criticizes Significant Cut in FY15 Defense Basic Research Included in House Appropriations Committee Bill (June 10, 2014)

A statement by AAU President Hunter Rawlings on the House Appropriations Committee's Defense bill for FY15.

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AAU Statement of FY15 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill Approved by Senate Appropriations Committee (June 6, 2014)

A statement from AAU supporting the overall funding level provided for NASA in the FY15 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill.

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AAU Statement on House Committee Approval of FIRST Act (May 30, 2014)

A statement by the Association of American Universities on approval of the FIRST Act by the 
House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, which occurred on May 28.

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AAU Expresses Support for House FY15 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill (May 27, 2014)

A public statement supporting the passage of the bill to sustain included funding levels for NSF and NASA.

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APLU Supports House Appropriations Committee FY15 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill (May 23, 2014)

APLU applauds the hard work of Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf and Ranking Member Chaka Fattah and their respective staff who worked in a bipartisan fashion to craft this important legislation.

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The Science Coalition Writes to the Members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Urging Sustained Funding for Basic Scientific Research (May 19, 2014)

A letter to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology regarding the FIRST Act.

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Task Force on American Innovation Praises Key Science Funding Bill in House FY15 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill (May 15, 2014)

TFAI supports strong funding for the National Science Foundation and NASA's science programs in the FY15 CJS appropriations bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

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Testimony submitted to Senate Committee on Appropriations Hearing on "Driving Innovation through Federal Investments" (April 29, 2014)

50 Business, Higher Education, Scientific and Patient Organizations urge lawmakers to close the innovation deficit with strong federal investments in research.

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AAU and APLU Encourage House Budget Committee to Close the Innovation Deficit (Apr. 1, 2014)

AAU and APLU wrote a joint letter to the House Budget Committee urging them to craft a measure that would help close the innovation deficit. 

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Task Force on American Innovation Expresses Concerns About FIRST Act (Mar. 31, 2014)

TFAI wrote to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to convey concerns about the funding levels within the FIRST Act. 

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ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Send Joint Letters to House and Senate CJS, Agriculture, and E&W Committees Emphasizing the Innovation Deficit in Appropriations Requests (March 19 and 21, 2014)

"We must close the innovation deficit if the United States is to remain the world’s innovation leader.  China continues to exhibit the world’s most dramatic R&D growth at 20.7 percent annually, compared to the United States at 4.4 percent growth over the same time period. By 2009, agriculture R&D fell to a historically low 0.035 percent share of the United States economy, a level far below the total U.S. R&D spending and that which is necessary to meet the critical challenges facing U.S. agriculture in the 21st century."

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Task Force on American Innovation Urges Appropriators to Provide Strong Funding for Science and Technology (Mar. 12, 2014)

TFAI wrote members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to take significant steps in the FY 2015 appropriations subcommittee allocations process to fund S&T accounts..

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Task Force on American Innovation Urges Appropriators to Make Science a Priority in FY15 (Feb. 24, 2014)

TFAI wrote members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to take significant steps in the FY 2015 appropriations subcommittee allocations process to help close this innovation deficit and maintain our nation’s innovation and economic leadership.

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AAU, ACE, & APLU Urge Appropriators Make Research and Education a Priority in FY15 (Feb. 14, 2014)

AAU, ACE, and APLU sent a letter to House and Senate appropriators asking them to give priority to research and higher education programs in their FY15 appropriations plans.  The letter asks them to use the allocations process to enable Congress to make a significant down payment toward closing our nation’s innovation deficit in FY 2015.

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US lead in science and technology shrinking (Feb. 6, 2014)

The United States' (U.S.) predominance in science and technology (S&T) eroded further during the last decade, as several Asian nations--particularly China and South Korea--rapidly increased their innovation capacities. According to a report released today by the National Science Board (NSB), the policy making body of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and an advisor to the President and Congress, the major Asian economies, taken together, now perform a larger share of global R&D than the U.S., and China performs nearly as much of the world's high-tech manufacturing as the U.S.   

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18 Higher Education Associations Urge House to Support FY14 Spending Bill to Help Bridge the Innovation Deficit (Jan. 14, 2014)

A group of 18 higher education associations wrote to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to vote passage of the FY14 omnibus appropriations bill.  The letter said, “the bipartisan bill takes important steps toward offsetting the damaging cuts imposed by sequestration to education and innovation programs that spur economic growth,” which “lays the groundwork for strengthening our country going forward.” 

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19 Higher Education Organizations Urge Senate to Approve Budget Agreement to Start to Close the Innovation Deficit (Dec. 17, 2013)

A group of 19 higher education associations sent a letter to all Senators expressing support for passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013.  The letter said that the measure “is a sensible, balanced and bipartisan approach that helps to address our nation’s fiscal challenges.  It would allow Congress to begin to undo the damage caused to federal student aid and research programs imposed by sequestration.”  The letter also states that “[b]y restoring cuts and increasing funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, among other federal science agencies, Congress can start to close the growing innovation deficit between the United States and our foreign competitors.” The same letter was sent to the all members of the House of Representatives on December 12.

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Task Force on American Innovation Urges Agreement (Dec. 3, 2013)

TFAI sent a letter to the co-chairs of the FY14 budget conference committee urging them to reach an agreement that “provides relief from the sequester and helps close our nation’s innovation deficit by ensuring sustained and robust support for scientific research and STEM education.”  The letter goes on to say. “The many companies, universities, and scientific societies represented by the Task Force agree that unless we change course, America’s role as the world innovation leader will be in danger and our future prospects for economic growth bleak.”

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United for Medical Research Urges Congress to End Sequester (Nov. 14, 2013)

U.S. medical research provides a beacon of hope for Americans who suffer from diseases and is a major driver of economic growth. The United States has stood firmly at the forefront of the research revolution, with leadership built upon a solid federal commitment to robust and sustained investment in biomedical research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, this American success story is being irreparably harmed by sequestration. We, therefore, urge you to eliminate sequestration as part of the Budget Conference agreement.

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APLU and AAU Urge Congress to Reach Budget Agreement on Fiscal Year 2014, End Sequestration, and Help Close Innovation Deficit (Nov. 4, 2013)

Two higher education associations representing more than 200 leading public and private universities is asking congressional “conferees to reach an agreement that promotes economic growth and helps close the nation’s innovation deficit by eliminating sequestration and placing a high priority on research and higher education investments. Such an agreement should include modest entitlement reforms that do not harm those in need,” they said.

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34 Leading Higher Education Associations to Reach Budget Agreement on Fiscal Year 2014, End Sequestration, and Help Close Innovation Deficit (Nov. 1, 2013)

A group of higher education associations have laid out two key goals for congressional budget negotiators to pursue while working on a a budget agreement for Fiscal Year 2014: “1) eliminating the FY14 sequester reductions; and 2) placing a high priority on the investments that will build our economy in both the short and long term. The cuts imposed by the blunt instrument of sequestration have already negatively impacted the very programs on which the American economy depends. Scientific research, student aid and workforce training programs have all been cut at the expense of the competitive advantage our nation seeks to maintain,” they wrote.

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UC Irvine Vice Chancellor For Research Tells House Panel His Concerns About The Innovation Deficit (Oct. 30, 2013)

At a hearing convened on October 30 by the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Energy, Dr. John Hemminger, Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of California, Irvine, expressed his concern that the innovation deficit—the difference between needed and actual federal investments in research and higher education—was “particularly troubling in the area of energy science and technology.” He said it was abundantly clear that increased investments in research and education are “required for the U.S. to obtain and continue to have energy independence” and to “remain competitive on the world stage.”

Dr. Hemminger made his remarks during a hearing called to examine federal energy research priorities and the panel’s draft legislation, the Enabling Innovation for Science, Technology, and Energy Act of 2013 (or EINSTEIN America Act). The bill would reauthorize Department of Energy Office of Science programs for FY14 and FY15.


Task Force on American Innovation Urges Congress and White House to Close Innovation Deficit (Oct. 11, 2013)

The Task Force on American Innovation today urged Congress and the White House to resolve their disagreements over budget issues, including the government shutdown, sequestration, and the debt limit, in a way that would close the nation’s innovation deficit. The Task Force, which is an alliance of business, academia, and scientific societies in support of federal basic research, warned that failing to close the innovation deficit — the widening gap between needed and actual federal investments in research and STEM education – would have devastating consequences for the U.S. economy and imperil the nation’s role as global innovation leader.

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Academic, Business, Association Leaders Urge Congressional Support for America COMPETES Act and Closing the Innovation Deficit (Oct. 9, 2013)

As over 200 university presidents have stated in an open letter to President Obama and the U.S. Congress “[t]he combination of eroding federal investments in research and higher education, additional cuts due to sequestration, and the enormous resources other nations are pouring into these areas is creating a new kind of deficit for the United States: an innovation deficit.” We write now, as leading higher education, research, science and business organizations to urge you to send a clear signal that the U.S. Congress is serious about closing the innovation deficit by introducing and passing a strong America COMPETES Act reauthorization bill that authorizes increased funding for key U.S. science agencies.

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High Tech Business Community Joins Effort to Close the Innovation Deficit (Sept. 19, 2013)

Posted by: Ian Steff, VP, Global Policy & Technology Partnerships, Semiconductor Industry Association

With the fiscal year coming to a close at the end of this month, there is frequent talk in Washington, D.C. about the importance of shrinking the federal budget deficit – the gap between federal expenditures and revenues. What is too often overlooked, however, is the need to close America’s innovation deficit – the gap between needed and actual federal investments in research and higher education. These investments are critical to sustaining America’s global economic and technological leadership.

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University Presidents Urge the President and Congress: Close The Innovation Deficit (July 31, 2013)

Dear President Obama & Members of the 113th Congress:

Our nation’s role as the world’s innovation leader is in serious jeopardy.  The combination of eroding federal investments in research and higher education, additional cuts due to sequestration, and the enormous resources other nations are pouring into these areas is creating a new kind of deficit for the United States: an innovation deficit. Closing this innovation deficit—the widening gap between needed and actual investments—must be a national imperative.

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