SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND ECONOMIC POLICY BOARD
The National Academies’ Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) Board was established in 1991 as a National Research Council standing committee to advance understanding of the relationship of science and technology and national economic performance and living standards and to recommend appropriate public policies. Composed of senior-level industrial technologists, research scientists, academic economists, and financial executives, the STEP Board has conducted studies of innovation and competitiveness in a wide range of technology-intensive sectors including computing, software, semiconductors, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, aerospace, financial services, and logistics. With the sponsorship of a growing number of federal government agencies, foundations, multinational companies, and international organizations, the STEP Board program has become an important discussion forum and authoritative voice on technical standards, intellectual property, trade, taxation, human resource, entrepreneurship, and statistical as well as research and development policies. STEP activities and products are described at http://www.nationalacademies.org/step/.