The United States continues to fall further behind world leaders in funding for university research. To reverse course, it should increase support by $45 billion per year and provide stronger incentives for businesses to increase their investments.
R&D and Innovation
March 27, 2017
The new innovation orchard model brings together university, industry, and potentially government partners to provide start-ups with the know-how, access to technology, equipment, and bridge funding to scale up new technologies.
March 17, 2017
President Trump assumes crowded out private investment will restore R&D expenditures after deep budget cuts, but evidence disagrees, writes Adams Nager in Innovation Files.
March 15, 2017
Fact of the Week: University Scientists in Five Developing Countries Increased Their Publishing Productivity 43 Percent When They Had Free Access to Scientific Journals
Providing universities in developing countries greater access to scientific journals increases publications by 43 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
February 28, 2017
Fact of the Week: The 2,500 Companies That Together Account for 90 Percent of the World's Business R&D Are Hiring Workers Faster Than the Population Is Growing
Companies invest in innovation to be competitive and to ensure their long-term financial success, and in so doing they create jobs and spur productivity, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
February 27, 2017
Numerous reports suggest that the Trump administration is considering adopting Heritage’s budget blueprint as its own. Doing so would harm U.S. competitiveness, productivity, and innovation.
February 6, 2017
Fact of the Week: Increasing R&D Tax Credit by 10 Percent Could Boost Labor Productivity Growth by 0.4 Percent Per Year
Although Congress made permanent the research and development tax credit in 2015, the federal government and states still can do more—a 10 percent increase in R&D tax credit generosity permanently increases labor productivity by 0.4 percent per year, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
January 25, 2017
International patent data show a slowly diminishing gender gap aggregated across patent applications each year; from 1995 to 2015, female participation in patenting doubled, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
January 11, 2017
Getting More Bang for America’s R&D Buck: 50 Ways the Administration and Congress Can Improve Tech Transfer, Commercialization, and Innovation
Join ITIF and Brookings to discuss how the incoming administration and Congress can bolster technology transfer and commercialization policies to ensure that federal R&D investments yield stronger commercial results, in large part by better coordinating with regional economies.
January 3, 2017
Fact of the Week: Job Growth Has Been 1.5 Percentage Points Higher In Spanish Firms That Are Engaged In Product Innovation Than In Firms That Are Not
Between 2004 and 2012, employment in Spanish firms that released novel products into the market grew 1.5 percentage points faster than firms not engaged in product innovation, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
January 3, 2017
Any stimulus program needs to focus more on “innovation infrastructure,” such as scientific and engineering research, than on traditional concrete and steel.