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June 12, 2024

R&D Reform Project: Request for Submissions

In partnership with the Center for Technology, Science, and Energy at the American Enterprise Institute, the Good Science Project is launching an R&D reform project to provide government officials with defined, actionable steps to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of federal research and development.

We will be publishing a series of policy briefs on reforming federal R&D. And we want your ideas!


For decades, there have been calls for making our R&D enterprise more efficient. From the allocation of federal funds to the administrative burden on researchers to the lack of priority-setting at many federal agencies, there is always room for improvement. To improve economic growth, human health and wellbeing, and national security, we need a wholesale reconsideration of policies and practices to reinvigorate R&D in the United States.

We will publish a series of 3–4-page papers that include actionable steps that can be taken by government leaders. We are looking for detailed plans of action on how important ideas for R&D reform could be implemented.

Here is where you come in. The first step is to write a single paragraph that details an evidence-based R&D reform that you believe will make government work better. If we like your idea, we’ll work with you on a full-fledged policy brief.

By sourcing a wide range of proposals, we want to provide government leaders in the executive and legislative branches with a comprehensive package of ready-to-implement policies, designed to make our R&D machine more effective.

Here are a few open questions to get your juices flowing.

  • How do we improve innovation across federal science agencies?
  • How do we reduce the administrative burden on scientists?
  • How do we ensure that the next generation of scientists are well-supported?
  • How do we improve science entrepreneurship? Should we reform patent policy?
  • How do we ensure that open science policies are improving innovation?
  • How do we improve reproducibility or detect academic fraud?
  • How should science funding agencies go about setting goals and taking on big ideas?
  • How do we enable federal agencies to take a risk on unproven ideas like mRNA research as of the 1990s?

Please submit your ideas here: