Other countries are dedicating themselves and devoting resources to get their share of the high-technology pie — and there’s nothing wrong with that, that’s good. But we have to be able to compete and maintain our own share of that pie, because that is where the high-wage jobs lie and where the standard of living of our country will be set.
—G. WAYNE CLOUGH, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and former President of the Georgia Institute of Technology
Investments in research and education are where the future battle for international economic leadership will be fought, and where the United States is drifting. While the storm continues to gather, we are still at sea.
—ARDEN BEMENT, Director of the National Science Foundation
Just as DARPA gave us the Internet, ARPA-E can give us alternative, clean, renewable fuels that can make America energy-independent and can make us a much stronger nation.
—BART GORDON, U.S. Representative from Tennessee
The research areas that will transform the landscape and give us totally new choices and totally new technologies have always historically been basic research…. Continued support of that research should be a very high priority.
—STEVEN CHU, Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Productivity growth depends on two things: a well-trained work force, and new ideas. Each of those requires investment. I would argue that we are under-investing in research and development in every sector of our economy, drastically under-investing.…. It is a societal problem. It is not just a congressional problem or an administration problem.
—RUSH HOLT, U.S. Representative from New Jersey
Rising Above the Gathering Storm report, every piece of it, for a decade. So it’s not a matter of money. It’s a matter of will.”
The Gathering Storm report also called on the federal government to provide research grants to early-career researchers, support research instrumentation and facilities, allocate funding to high-risk, high-payoff research, institute awards to stimulate scientific and engineering advances, and create an Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to address environmental, energy, and security issues. The America COMPETES Act calls for support of high-risk research and authorized ARPA-E, but appropriations have not yet been made to enable these actions.