Session: Federal Policies, Programs and Funding Opportunities in Engineering Policy
The federal research agencies offer many funding opportunities and programs that directly advance the interests of the engineering community and broader science, technology, engineering and mathematics community. Through these programs, university faculty receive grant funding, small and medium businesses are able to partner with the government on technology development projects, international standards are developed, and the US is able to work and research at the cutting edge of technological innovation. From AI and quantum to cybersecurity and nuclear power, Congress plays a role in providing federal support for research programs. Given the wide variety of issues faced by Congressional staff each day, IEEE-USA works to develop relationships with the House Science, Space and Technology Committee; House Energy and Commerce Committee; House and Senate Armed Services Committees; Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committees; Small Business Committees, and House and Senate Appropriations Committees. We do so by taking ideas from our policy committees and holding conversations with policymakers to educate them about technical issues. In this interactive session, I will provide an overview of some of the issues IEEE-USA is engaged in from improving defense funding for basic research programs, strengthening the electric grid, supporting NIST’s technology transfer initiatives, to working with NASA and the State Department on international partnerships in space and improving policies for businesses to collaborate with the federal agencies focused on space. Participants will be able to ask questions about various policy topics but also learn about the process we engage in to make changes to help engineers throughout the US. It will be a session that provides tools to conference participants so they can engage with their congressional representatives.