Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.


The United States needs a department of technology and science policy

Access options

Rent or buy this article

Prices vary by article type



Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Nature 600, 30-32 (2021)



  1. Bush, V. Science — The Endless Frontier (US Government Printing Office, 1945).

    Google Scholar 

  2. US National Research Council. Allocating Federal Funds for Science and Technology (National Academies Press, 1995).

    Google Scholar 

  3. Kline, R. ‘The U.S. needs a federal department of science and technology.’ Sci. Am. (20 February 2021).

  4. Flagg, M. & Garg, A. Issues Sci. Technol. Fall, 51–59 (2021).

  5. Stolberg, S. G. ‘Biden’s 10-year pandemic preparedness plan includes a full-time ‘Mission Control’ office.’ The New York Times (3 September 2021).

  6. Rao, R. ‘The Endless Frontier Act Could Drastically Change NSF.’ IEEE Spectrum (1 June 2021).

  7. Collins, F. S., Schwetz, T. A., Tabak, L. A. & Lander, E. S. Science 373, 165–167 (2021).

    Article  PubMed  Google Scholar 

  8. US National Research Council. Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond (National Academies Press, 2014).

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Competing Interests

The authors declare no competing interests.


Nature Careers


Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing


Quick links