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Close the Innovation Deficit—Business, Higher Education, Scientific Organizations Urge Congress with New Video

Close the Innovation Deficit video

With President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal due next week and the appropriations season starting on Capitol Hill, a coalition of 14 business, higher education, and scientific organizations launched on February 27, 2014, a creative video that urges Congress to Close the Innovation Deficit with strong federal investments in research and higher education. The four-minute video, featuring rapidly hand-drawn images and text, can be viewed at http://www.innovationdeficit.org/.

The video explains the link between research, economic growth, improved medical treatments, and national security; the risk that recent cuts to research pose to the role of the United States as a global innovation leader at a time when other nations are rapidly increasing their research investments; and the significant benefits that renewed investments in research would bring to the US.

The 14 organizations behind the Close the Innovation Deficit video are the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Council on Education (ACE), American Heart Association (AHA), Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF), Council on Competitiveness (CoC), Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI), The Science Coalition (TSC), and United for Medical Research (UMR).