The Research Environment and Culture
Increase the size and duration of project awards so that researchers spend more time doing research and less time ensuring that their research is supported.
Increase the diversity of the individuals and organizations doing research.
Fund risky projects that could dramatically advance an area of research or open new research frontiers.
Develop a new digital cyberinfrastructure to make the best use of rapidly expanding databases and multidisciplinary collaborations.
Expand funding for merit-reviewed, cross-disciplinary, collaborative research centers.
Program Management and Review
Ensure that federal agencies include research programs in their strategic plans and that they evaluate the success of those programs in performance reports.
Evaluate research in terms of quality, relevance, and leadership. For basic research, include assessments of the historical value of basic research in contributing to national goals.
Evaluate how well research programs develop human resources and the quality, relevance, and leadership of the programs.
Establish a formal process to identify and coordinate areas of research that are supported by multiple agencies, and designate a lead agency for each such field.
Administrative Policies and Procedures
Develop a new framework for the development of policies, rules, regulations, and laws affecting the partnership between the federal government and the institutions that perform research.
Raise the cap on reimbursement of indirect costs to reflect the costs to universities of conducting research.
Expand and enhance the Federal Demonstration Partnership to enroll more institutions and heighten the visibility of this important initiative.
Because innovation does not have a single obvious pathway to success, much depends on the environment and culture that make innovation possible. These factors range widely across social, administrative, and tech-