Global Competitiveness

For decades, the United States has been the uncontested leader in research & development (R&D) spending, firmly standing on the cutting edge of scientific innovation. However, global trends in R&D spending pose a growing threat to U.S. leadership as our share of global R&D investment continues to shrink. To remain in our leadership position, the U.S. must reaffirm and expand its R&D spending - a commitment that aligns with public opinion on the U.S. role in medical, health, and scientific research.

THE PUBLIC AGREES the u.s. should lead in research
















The U.S. is Being Outpaced in R&D Investment


China is Poised to Become the Global R&D Leader
















Let your elected officials know that investing in R&D is essential to maintaining the United States' role as a global research leader! Below are a few comprehensive reports and funding databases to facilitate your conversations about global and federal R&D funding: 

Policy Contacts

You can change the image of things to come. But you can’t do it sitting on your hands … The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges.
The Honorable John E. Porter