The Executive Office of the President has released its first research and development memo that is intended to provide instructions to federal agencies about the administration’s priorities for R&D spending and activities in FY23. It is guidance that should be reflected in budget requests and agency activities.
The five-page document can be found here. Mindful of the “Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator” and other local activities related to the “Build Back Better” solicitation, we took special note of the section titled “Catalyze research and innovation in critical and emerging technologies.” Here’s the specific guidance: “Agencies should collaborate to promote world-leading research and innovation boosting American industries and quality American jobs in critical and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information science (QIS), advanced communications technologies, microelectronics, high-performance computing, biotechnology, robotics, and space technologies. Agencies should coordinate to leverage these technologies to ensure the sharing and use of the vast troves of Federal Government datasets to enable large-scale data analysis, and high-fidelity, high-resolution modeling and simulation to address critical challenges in public health, climate science, and disaster resilience. Agencies should actively pursue public-private partnerships, as allowable, that will expedite American leadership in these technologies to grow our inclusive 21st-century digital economy. Within the area of AI, agencies should prioritize fundamental and translational AI research consistent with the Administration’s priorities for robust, safe, secure, and privacy-preserving machine learning. Within the area of QIS, agencies should prioritize programs to deliberately address the hardest scientific and engineering problems facing the field.”