Biden Administration’s Priorities for FY 2024

The Biden Administration recently released a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies regarding its research and development priorities for fiscal year 2024. The memo states, “Federal funding for research and development (R&D) is essential to maximize the benefits of science and technology that advance health, tackle the climate crisis, and bring prosperity, security, environmental quality, and justice for all Americans. In addition to supporting R&D, agencies should make use of research results to carry out their own missions and ensure that the results of Federally funded research are made widely available to the public to facilitate understanding, participation, and inclusive decision-making; to other scientists to promote the exchange of ideas that is key to the advancement of knowledge; and, to innovators and entrepreneurs in every region of the United States, who will translate the research into world-leading businesses employing American workers.”

The memo lists seven domains to focus on in research and development:

  • Preparing for and preventing pandemics
  • Reducing the death rate from cancer by half
  • Tackling climate change
  • Advancing national security and technological competitiveness
  • Innovating for equity
  • Cultivating an equitable STEM education, engagement, and workforce ecosystem
  • Promoting open science and community-engaged R&D