The Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI) is a non-partisan alliance of leading American companies and business associations, research university associations, and scientific societies. Established in 2004, TFAI supports federally-funded scientific research and promotes its benefits to America’s economy and national security.
“America’s competitive edge is now at stake, as China and other countries are rapidly increasing investments in research and workforce development in order to assume positions of global leadership.”
Our nation risks falling perilously behind in the basic scientific research that drives innovation, as our global competitors increase support for cutting-edge research and push to the forefront in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, aerospace, advanced manufacturing, and the next generation of telecommunications networks.
Our competitors’ increasing basic research investments and production of new advanced technologies poses an escalating challenge to U.S. scientific leadership. Not only are European countries and China upping their game in industries like nanotechnology and supercomputing, they are also attracting the best and brightest students and scholars to close the technological and innovation gap.