This coalition gets some ink by an annual award to someone, usually a Member of Congress, who supports their goals. The most recent (3/16/15) “Champion of Science” was Senator Dick Durban (D – Illinois).
“The Science Coalition (TSC) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. It is dedicated to sustaining strong federal funding of basic scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, drive innovation and secure America’s global competitiveness. Learn more at www.sciencecoalition.org.”
The list of reports at their site tries to make the case that basic research is good for America, more research would be better, but what would it really take for America to be the best? Well, that will take more motivation that recognizing one of the 535 Members once a year. I think that national security might be that motivation, now the missing item in their goals.
Still, I support what they are trying to do, of course. Too bad there is no way for individuals to participate in their organization.
R. D. Shelton