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AAAS Statement on President Biden’s Announcement of Increased Investment in Federal Research Spending in the American Jobs Plan

President Biden stated he will “make sure we invest closer to 2%” of U.S. GDP in federal research spending in science and technology. This is a bold vision contrasted against the stark reality that we as a nation have become complacent while other nations increase their research intensity. We know China is planning annual increases of 7% for R&D and more than 10% for basic research. The American Jobs Plan released yesterday is a good first step toward a down payment for that vision. AAAS looks forward to working with the Administration and Congress to advance the conversation on how to make the investments we need.


Sudip Parikh

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Publisher, Science Journals

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