Science and Engineering Research22 presented an assessment of the U.S. position in materials science and engineering (MSE) research in the near and long term, based on current trends in the United States and abroad. The report concluded that the United States is among the world leaders in all subfields of MSE (as defined in the report). It does warn, however, that the United States should expect an erosion of leadership as Europe and Japan increase their support of MSE. The 2005 report Globalization of Materials R&D23 also shows that while the U.S. share of global R&D has remained steady since the 1990s, its lead in MSE is weakening and being tested by the European and Asian regions.

22

National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, International Benchmarking of US Materials Science and Engineering Research, Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1998, pp. 73-77.

23

National Research Council, Globalization of Materials R&D: Time for a National Strategy, Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2005, pp. 30, 160-169.



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