PAA will join other major scientific societies and other organizations, including Consortium of Social Science Associations, Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, American Sociological Association, AAAS, Association of Public Land Grant Universities, and others, and endorse the Science and Technology Action Plan. The plan, which was recently developed with leaders from the public, private, and academic sectors, proposes three major recommendations to strengthen our nation’s investment in science and technology:
- S&T Leadership – Elevate the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to a Cabinet-level position—an action that PAA recommended in its letter to the Biden transition team and the Administration has already accomplished.
- S&T Coordination and collaboration around urgent and emerging threats – The plan enhances the ability of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), within the Office of Science and Technology Policy, to coordinate efforts on four major Presidential National Initiatives: Public Health and Healthcare; Environment and Climate Change; Food and Water Security; and Energy Production, Utilization, and Storage.
- S&T Investment –The report calls for doubling federal investment in R&D and STEM education over the next five years relative to GDP. Doing so would increase the investment from the current level of 0.7 percent to 1.4 percent of GDP.