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Universities in Innovation Networks

Universities in Innovation Networks

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Krisztina “Z” Holly looks at the vital and extensive role universities play in driving innovation in the United States.
Krisztina “Z” Holly looks at the vital and extensive role universities play in driving innovation in the United States.

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Published by: Center for American Progress on Jan 18, 2012
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Universities inInnovation Networks
The Role and Future Promise o University Researchin U.S. Science and Economic Policymaking
Krisztina “Z” Holly January 2012
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The ourth report in a series on U.S. science and economic competitiveness rom theDoing What Works and Science Progress projects at the Center or American Progress
About this series on U.S. scienceand economic competitiveness
e U.S. Congress in lae 2010 asked he Deparmen o Commerce o complee wo sudies as paro he reauhorizaion o he America COMPEES Ac. e rs, which was released on January 6h,2012, a he Cener or American Progress, ocuses on U.S. compeiiveness and innovaion. e sec-ond, due o Congress in early 2013, oers specic recommendaions or developing a 10-year naionalinnovaion and compeiiveness sraegy. We applaud he commissioning o hese repors bu believe we canno aord o wai ha long o akeacion. a’s why we convened in he spring o 2011 he group o expers lised on he ollowing page. We spen wo days in wide-ranging discussion abou he compeiive srenghs and weaknesses o ournaions scienic endeavors and our economy, beore setling upon he opics ha consiue he serieso repors we publish here. Each paper in he series looks a a dieren pillar supporing U.S. scienceand economic compeiiveness in a globally compeiive economy:
“Rewiring he Federal Governmen orCompeiiveness”
“Economic Inelligence”
“Universiies in Innovaion Neworks”
“Manuacurers in Innovaion Neworks”
“Building a echnically Skilled Workorce”
“Immigraion or Innovaion”e end resul, we believe, is a se o recommendaions ha he Obama adminisraion and Congresscan adop o help he Unied Saes reain is economic and innovaion leadership and ensure ha all Americans have he opporuniy o prosper and ourish now and well ino he 21s cenury.Many o our recommendaions are sure o spark deep resisance in Washingon, no leas our proposalo reorm a number o ederal agencies so ha our governmen works more eecively and ecienly inhe service o greaer U.S. economic compeiveness and innovaion. is and oher proposals are sureo mee resisance on Capiol Hill, where dieren congressional commitees hold sway over dier-en ederal agencies and heir policy mandaes. a’s why we open each o our repors wih his oneoverarching recommendaion: Congress and Presiden Obama should appoin a special commission orecommend reorms ha are packaged ogeher or a single up-or-down voe in Congress. In his way,horough-going reorm is assured.is new commission may no adop some o he proposals pu orh in his series on science andeconomic compeiiveness. Bu we look orward o sharing our vision wih policymakers as well as he American people. Presiden Obama ges i righ when he says, “o win he uure, we will have o ou-innovae, ou-educae, and ou-build” our compeior naions. We need o sar now.
Coordinating editors for the series on U.S. science and economic competitiveness
Ed Paisley
 , Vice Presiden, Ediorial, American Progress
Gadi Dechter
 , Associae Direcor, Governmen Reorm, Doing Wha Works
Sean Pool
 , Assisan Edior, Science Progress
American Progress taskforce on U.S. science and economic competitiveness
John Alic
 , science, echnology, and economic policy consulan and ormer sa member o he CongressionalOce o echnology.
Joseph Bartlett
 , o counsel in Sullivan & Worceser’scorporae deparmen and ormer undersecreary o commerce a he U.S. Deparmen o Commerce.
Maryann Feldman
 , S.K. Heninger disinguished chair inpublic policy a he Universiy o Norh Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Kate Gordon
 , VP or Energy Policy a he Cener or American Progress.
Michael Gurau
 , presiden, Clear Innovaion Parners, a venure capial invesmen rm.
David Hart
 , direcor o he Cener or Science andechnology Policy a George Mason Universiy Schoolo Public Policy.
Christopher Hill
 , proessor o public policy and echnol-ogy a George Mason Universiy School o Public Policy and ormer vice provos or research a George Mason.
Neal Lane
 , senior ellow or science and echnology policy a Rice Universiy and ormer advisor o hepresiden on science and echnology policy.
Rachel Levinson
 , direcor o Naional Research Iniiaivesa Arizona Sae Universiy and ormer assisan direcoror lie sciences a he Whie House Oce o Science andechnology Policy.
Jonathan Moreno
 , Edior-In-Chie o Science Progressand Senior Fellow a he Cener or American Progress.
Arti Rai
 , Elvin R. Laty Proessor o Law a DukeUniversiy and ormer Adminisraor or Exernal Aairs, USPO.
Andrew Reamer
 , research proessor a he George Washingon Universiy Insiue o Public Policy andnon-residen senior ellow a he Brookings Insiuion.
RoseAnn B. Rosenthal
 , presiden and CEO, BenFranklin echnology Parners o SouheasernPennsylvania.
Jonathan Sallet
 , parner in he law rm o O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Science Progress advisor, and ormerdirecor o he Oce o Policy and Sraegic Planningo he U.S. Deparmen o Commerce.
Daniel Sarewiz
 , direcor o he Consorium orScience, Policy, and Oucomes a Arizona SaeUniversiy.
James Turner
 , Senior Counsel or Innovaion &echnology, and Direcor o Energy programs a he Associaion o Public and Land-Gran Universiiesand ormer proessional sa and chie counsel or heHouse Commitee on Science and echnology.
William A. Wulf 
 , proessor o compuer science a heUniversiy o Virginia and ormer presiden o heNaional Academy o Engineering.

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