Here you will find illustrative case studies, some chosen to exemplify a growing U.S. innovation deficit in areas that have high significance for national security or economic competitiveness, others because they exemplify the extraordinary intellectual and social potential of additional investment in basic research. What stands out is how much further we can push the boundaries of human understanding with concerted effort, through the remarkable process of scientific inquiry.


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The Future Postponed 2.0

Advisory Committee


Marc Kastner 

President, Science Philanthropy Alliance


Chemistry and Materials Sciences 

Paul Alivisatos

Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley


Life Sciences

Robert Tjian

President of Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Marian Carlson

Director of Life Sciences at Simons Foundation



James Poterba

President of the National Bureau of Economic Research


Earth Sciences 

Marcia McNutt

Geophysicist and Editor in Chief, Science


High Energy and other Fundamental Physics

Mike Witherell

Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory




Mark Green

Professor Emeritus at
University of California at Los Angelas




Roger Blandford

Professor of Physics
Stanford University and Stanford Linear Accelerator SLAC