engineering, or mathematics by increasing the number of students who pass AP and IB science and mathematics courses.

  • Focus on Middle School Students

Recommendation B : Sustain and strengthen the nation’s traditional commitment to long-term basic research that has the potential to be transformational to maintain the flow of new ideas that fuel the economy, provide security, and enhance the quality of life.

Action B-1: Increase the federal investment in long-term basic research by 10% each year over the next 7 years through reallocation of existing funds or, if necessary, through the investment of new funds

  • NAVSEA provide contracting incentives requiring a minimum of three percent HBCU/ MI participation for all major acquisition contracts.

  • Continue the focus on STTR/ SBIR with ONR and teaming with small businesses/academic institutions.

    • Support establishing research laboratories on HBCU campuses.

Action B-2: Provide new research grants of $ 500,000 each annually, payable over 5 years, to 200 of the nation’s most outstanding early-career researchers.

  • Provide access to NAVSEA research and development facilities as “in kind” contributions to augment scholarships.

    • Support establishing research laboratories on HBCU campuses.

Action B-3: Institute a National Coordination Office for Advanced Research Instrumentation and Facilities to manage a fund of $ 500 million in

  • Establish a competition for basic research in areas of interest to NAVSEA similar to the DARPA Grand Challenge.

    • Establish and expand upon the Center for Undersea Technology Research (CUTR) concept developed by NUWCDIVNPT

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