White House Releases FY20 R&D Priorities with Emphasis on Global Leadership

Sep 11, 2019

by ASME.org

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently released the administration’s federal research and development (R&D) priorities for the next year. The memo is intended to serve as a guidance document for federal science agencies as they start to craft their FY 2021 budget requests. The memo is co-signed by both Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of OSTP, and Russell Vought, Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

This year’s memo outlines five overarching “R&D Budgetary Priorities”.
 
  • National Security
  • Leadership in Industries of the Future
  • Energy and Environmental Leadership
  • Health and Bioeconomic Innovation
  • Space Exploration and Commercialization
These priorities are supported by five additional “crosscutting actions” that include bolstering workforce development, and stronger public-private and intra-industry partnerships.

“Success will depend upon ensuring that research is conducted with integrity and respect, which are foundational not only to the research process, but to the trust placed in the research enterprise by American taxpayers and reflective of America’s values,” the memo states.

To view the memo, visit: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/FY-21-RD-Budget-Priorities.pdf