Battelle stated its support for a national call for increased federal investment and strengthened policies that facilitate domestic research and development on Tuesday.
More than 250 organizations and 10 CEOs of technical companies have urged policy makers to renew the federal commitment to scientific research and discovery by signing the "Innovation: An American Imperative." Among other items they state that it is important that governmental bodies that engage in science and technology do not continue to receive cuts and that funding be increased by at a minimum of four percent.
Battelle states that over the past 20 years there has been a consistent decline in development, and as a result the U.S. fell to 10th in investments in research and development among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Nations.
“There is a deficit between what America is investing and what it should be investing to remain competitive, not only in research but in innovation and job creation," the American Academy of Arts and Sciences said in its "Restoring Foundation" report.
In the document, the signatories state that research and development is essential for the country to be competitive. Ways they state to strengthen U.S. innovation include increased support and training for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. They also call for reforms on the U.S. visa policy in order to keep highly qualified international professionals in the country, specifically those with STEM degrees.
They also state merit-based peer review needs to be reaffirmed so that the top research grant projects receive federal funding.