Science for America is a “solutions incubator” rooted in bold scientific and technological possibilities working to develop vision, strategy, and execution plans, and to ensure the launch and success of those solutions.
The world is facing so many urgent challenges and opportunities—in climate, health, equity, prosperity, and much more. Science and technology will be central in responding—because they have the ability to produce transformative solutions. America’s unique capabilities for bold innovation will be essential for success—for this country and for the world. The actions we take over the next ten years will define the course of the next hundred.
We need clear vision, strategy, and execution plans for how to produce game-changing solutions—rooted in a sense of bold scientific and technological possibility and committed to fundamental human equity.
It’s going to take all of us working together. Major advances, however, depend on a whole ecosystem—including philanthropy, academia, industry, and government, as well as others, which all play crucial and complementary roles. We need clear plans for actions to be taken across sectors.
We also need to re-invigorate our overall innovation ecosystem. Over the past seventy-five years, America’s innovation ecosystem drove tremendous and rapid progress in science and technology for the benefit of the country and the globe. But much has changed over those decades.
These shifts include changes in the roles played by different sectors, increased global competition, greater feedback between basic discovery and commercial development, decreasing risk tolerance, growing obstacles to speed, and greater recognition of the need to fully engage all Americans to retain our scientific and technological leadership. To tackle the challenges ahead, we will also need to refresh, reshape, and re-invigorate America’s innovation ecosystem across all sectors.
That’s why some of the nation’s leading philanthropic groups have joined together in an unprecedented alliance, called Science for America.
Science for America will be a ‘solutions incubator.’
It will bring together brilliant and diverse experts, with a wide range of expertise, experiences, and perspectives, to focus initially on five urgent challenges: climate crisis; STEM equity and education; medicine and public health; new innovation models; and leadership and responsibility in science and technology.
- identify potential game-changing solutions to urgent challenges, in the US and around the world, that are not currently happening,
- develop vision, strategy and execution plans, and
- ensure the launch and success of those solutions, by incubating them to an appropriate stage.
Science for America is a non-profit organization. Science for America will draw extensively on external strategic advisors and domain experts, as well as its own internal staff.
Science for America will have bi-coastal headquarters in two of America’s science and technology hubs: the Boston Area and the Bay Area. It will also make extensive use of remote work and meetings to engage staff, advisors, experts, and collaborators across the country and the world
Science for America will complement existing efforts across sectors—learning from others and sharing its own learnings. It will serve as a bridge across the philanthropic organizations in identifying bold solutions that they—and others—may pursue individually or collaboratively. It will serve as a connector and partner with creative efforts in industry and academia. And, it will serve as a supporter for critical efforts in government.