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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy
Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy
Policy and Global Affairs
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The mandate of the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) is to advise federal, state, and local governments and inform the public about economic and related public policies to promote the creation, diffusion, and application of new scientific and technical knowledge to enhance the  productivity and competitiveness of the U.S. economy and foster economic prosperity for all Americans.  The STEP board and its committees marshal research and the expertise of scholars, industrial managers, investors, and former public officials in a wide range of policy areas that affect the speed and direction of scientific and technological change and their contributions to the growth of the U.S. and global economies.  Results are communicated through reports, conferences, workshops, briefings and electronic media subject to the procedures of the Academies to ensure their authoritativeness, independence, and objectivity.

The STEP Board is one of several program units in the Policy and Global Affairs division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.



The work of the STEP Board has contributed to advances in 5 major areas:

  • Promoting Dialogue (Learn More)
  • Supporting U.S.-Based Advanced Manufacturing (Learn More)
  • Improving Management of Government Systems (Learn More)
  • Increasing Incentives and Removing Disincentives for Innovation (Learn More)
  • Influencing and Informing Policy (Learn More)


The Board was established with grants from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Sponsors of current work include the federal government agencies, foundations, and companies below:

 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation logo Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
 Dept of Defense logo Department of Defense
 DOE logoDepartment of Energy
Dept of Health and Human Services Department of Health and Human Services
 Dept of Treasury Department of Treasury
 NASANational Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Cancer InstituteNational Cancer Institute
 NIHNational Institutes of Health
 NSF National Science Foundation
 Spencer Foundation Spencer Foundation

The STEP Board also receives support from GLOBALFOPUNDRIES, IBM, and Microsoft