The National Science Board was apparently so alarmed by the findings in the latest SEI2010 that it has released a companion report calling for remedial action–Globalization of Science and Engineering Research. The last paragraph of the letter of transmittal from Chair Steven Beering says, “We urge Federal attention and action to sustain U.S. world leadership in S&E in response to growing S&E capacity around the world. Our nation’s future prosperity and security depend on a strong and unwavering Federal committment to this goal.”
One of three major recommendations calls for OSTP to engage all Federal research agencies to: (a) develop means to assess or continue to assess the quality of their agency’s supported research against international activities, and (b) to identify and as appropriate make adjustments necessary to ensure that their agency’s research is world-leading.”
NSF/ENG is already doing a good deal of this through the WTEC program, and other international activities. I wonder if the NSB knows.
Of course, I have been saying much the same thing for years in this blog and elsewhere. It’s gratifying to have others come to the same realization.
R. D. Shelton