April 15, 2010


On 15 April 2010, AIBS submitted comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy regarding President Obama's grand challenges of the 21st century.

In September 2009, the President proposed a new strategy for fostering the innovation economy of the future. Included were a number of "hard, unsolved scientific or engineering challenges that will have significant economic or societal impact and address an important national priority." The Administration's grand challenges addressed human health, renewable energy, materials science, computer science, and education.

AIBS proposed the addition of several other grand challenges: food security, healthy ecosystems, cataloging biodiversity, and access to federally managed scientific data. Tackling these challenges would drive innovation in human health, natural resource management, and science education, and would contribute to economic growth.

To read AIBS' comments, click here.

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