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U.S. No Longer Preeminent Science and Engineering Leader, Report Says

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The proportion of total U.S. R&D funded by the U.S. government decreased from 31% in 2010 to an estimated 21% in 2019.

The United States is still a world leader in R&D spending and science and engineering education, but is not making sufficient headway in recruiting underrepresented groups to the field, according to the National Science Board's biannual State of U.S. Science and Engineering 2022 report.

The report includes a frank recognition of the erosion of the U.S.'s preeminent position and of the rush worldwide — not just by China — to expand science and engineering expertise and industry strength as necessary elements for participation in the modern world.

"No nation is the world leader in all aspects of S&E, [and] the U.S. no longer leads by default," the report says. The country "must act intentionally to achieve its strategic objectives. Since across-the-board leadership in S&E is no longer a possibility."

NSB chair Ellen Ochoa said the U.S. has declined as a destination for international students. "U.S. international student enrollment has declined since 2016 and this decline was much more pronounced in 2020," she said. "The overall declining international enrollment provides a strong impetus to both develop domestic talent and provide a welcoming environment for international students."

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