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Position Papers, Reports, and Tools

Public policy position papers and resources

Kimberly Arcand, Senator Jack Reed, and Anita MahadevanJansen on Congressional Visits Day. Read more here.

Public policy impacts science and engineering. Legislation, agency funding, education programs, international policy and export regulations impact you. Stay informed and stay involved.

Position Papers


Export Controls and its Impact on U.S. Innovation


Export Reform to Protect Our Nation and American Jobs

Reauthorize America Competes in the 114th Congress

Reauthorize the Higher Education Act in the 114th Congress


Reauthorize America COMPETES Paper

Support the American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 Paper

Support the authorization of a national photonics prototyping and advanced manufacturing facility in the National Defense Authorization Act Paper


Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation: National Academies, August 2013

Science and Engineering Indicators: National Science Board

Photonics21: Towards 2020 - Photonics Driving Economic Growth in Europe

Knowledge, Networks, and Nations: Released by the Royal Society of London, April 2011

Rising Above The Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future. National Academies Press 2006

Other Tools

2013 State R&D Investment Sheets & STEM Ed Report Cards

2011 European Commission Green Paper on Common Strategic Framework for future EU Research and Innovation Funding  

Supporting the National Photonics Initiative

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