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Request for Information: Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Plan
On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking public input on the development of a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing. As part of the amended America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, Congress directed NSTC to produce a plan to improve coordination and guidance of federal programs that support manufacturing competitiveness and advanced manufacturing R&D. Of note, OSTP is requesting specific feedback on short and long-term manufacturing R&D objectives, as well as the role of agencies and federally funded R&D centers in fostering technology transfer for manufacturing, developing the manufacturing workforce, and assisting small and medium-sized businesses.
Public Comment Requested on European Commission Post-2020 S&T Funding Priorities
The European Commission is requesting public participation in a survey on policy challenges and best practices that the European Union’s post-2020 budget should address. Among the preliminary policy challenges identified for comment, several have direct implications for EU S&T policy, such as “foster research and innovation across the EU” and “transition to low carbon and circular economy and resilience to climate change.”
Request for Information: National Space Weather Action Plan
On Jan. 5, the National Science Foundation issued a request for information on behalf of several federal agencies that seeks public input to inform implementation of the National Space Weather Action Plan. Issued in October 2015, the plan requires NSF and NASA to annually identify and prioritize R&D efforts that enhance understanding of space weather in collaboration with other agencies. The RFI notes that although an interagency working group has developed an initial set of priorities, the agencies are seeking input from the broader community to “support a public dialogue on developing research priorities to enhance fundamental understanding of space weather and its drivers.”