SUNY's Killeen Testifies Before Congress on Importance of Federal Investment in Research

November 13, 2013

Washington, DC — Research Foundation for SUNY President and SUNY Vice Chancellor for Research Dr. Tim Killeen testified today for Congress on the importance of federal investments in research, science, and technology.

“If we fail to act boldly, we could face a less prepared, less highly-skilled U.S. workforce, fewer U.S.-based scientific and technological breakthroughs, and fewer patents, startups, products, and jobs,” said Killeen. “These impacts may not be immediately obvious because the education and research that lead to advances do not happen overnight. But the consequences are inevitable if we do not respond to the innovation deficit. A strategic component of whatever answer we reach should be sustained true growth of the federal investment in basic and applied research.”

His testimony, which is available online, was given for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

The purpose of the hearing is to review the proposed discussion draft of the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act of 2013, and to understand federal research and education priorities for the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and interagency Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

“This critically important legislation is needed to foster the economic security and the national security of the United States,” Killeen told the Committee. “The path forward for resolving the budget challenges facing the nation is undeniably complicated, and I fully appreciate that these challenges must be met resolutely and with realism. Whatever legislative product this Committee ultimately produces should send a clear and unmistakable message to our international competitors that this nation is committed to making the investments necessary to keep us at the cutting edge of the global knowledge economy.”

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