Basic Research and Economic Health: The Coming Challenge

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Science  02 May 1986:
Vol. 232, Issue 4750, pp. 595-599
DOI: 10.1126/science.232.4750.595


The United States faces an international economic challenge that can best be met with a renewed emphasis on the basic science and engineering that underlies new technology. For 20 years, however, the nation has not invested adequately in the science and engineering base, with the result that we have too few young people entering science and engineering programs and inadequate facilities and equipment in the nation's universities. We need a fresh infusion of resources into the universities, together with a new emphasis on cooperative efforts between universities and industry. The engineering research centers recently established by the National Science Foundation are an example of how we should proceed.