On April 29, 2014, the US Senate Appropriations Committee conducted a hearing on the “innovation deficit” in which the heads of the nation’s major research agencies jointly testified on the need for federal research investments to drive innovation and economic growth. ARL joined a group of 50 leading business, higher education, scientific, and patient organizations in submitting written testimony (PDF) that urged members of the committee to make strong, sustained investments in research in order to close the innovation deficit.
In the testimony, the coalition described the links between basic research and economic growth, improved medical treatments, and national security. They noted that lagging US investment in research and higher education, combined with the significant increase in such investment by other nations, has created an innovation deficit, threatening the nation’s international competitiveness. For more information, visit the Close the Innovation Deficit website.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.