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Press Release 10-009
National Science Board Releases Science and Engineering Indicators 2010

Worrisome trends show eroding U.S. competitive advantage in the world science and engineering environment

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Cover of Science and Engineering Indicators 2010.

Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 is presented to the President and the Congress, and publicly released at the White House on Jan. 15, 2010.

Credit: NSF; cover image by Paul Woodward, Laboratory for Computational Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota


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Rolf Lehming, program director of NSF's Science and Engineering Indicators, briefs the media on the latest volume, Science and Engineering Indicators 2010. Lehming has held this position for 10 years in NSF's division of Science Resources Statistics in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. With him is Lisa-Joy Zgorski in NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.

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Cover of the Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 Digest.

The National Science Board today also released the Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 Digest that includes key indicators. Its web version provides for accessibility of data and ease of use.

Credit: NSF; cover image by Paul Woodward, Laboratory for Computational Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota


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Graph showing R&D expenditures for the U.S., E.U. and Asia, 1996-2007.

The gap is narrowing for research and development expenditures in the U.S., E.U. and Asia in absolute dollars. Asia is nearly catching up and this increase in R&D has spiked in the last half decade.

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Graph of annual growth of R&D expenditures for U.S., European and Asian economies, 1996-2007.

The annual growth of research and development expenditures in the U.S. at just over 5 percent is low compared to America's Asian counterparts. In India, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and China, R&D budgets have increased exponentially to twice, three, even more than four times that of the U.S. rate of growth.

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Graph showing the number of natural sciences doctoral degrees for selected countries, 1993-2007.

In the natural sciences and engineering, the number of doctoral degrees obtained in the United States is no longer considerably more than the number achieved by those in other countries. The natural sciences include physical, biological, earth, atmospheric, ocean, agricultural and computer sciences and mathematics.

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Graph showing number of researchers in selected regions, countries, and economies, 1995-1997.

Latest data shows that China has reached the level of the United States in terms of its number of researchers. This number has spiked in the past decade making this trend worrisome for those who are concerned about the United States keeping its competitive edge in producing cutting-edge research across the scientific disciplines. It may also present opportunities for greater cooperation and richer collaborations with Chinese scientists.

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NSF, NSB and OSTP officials from the rollout of SEI 2010 at the White House.

Officials from NSF, NSB and OSTP at the rollout of Science and Engineering Indicators 2010 at the White House on January 15, 2010. From left to right: NSB Chairman Steven Beering, NSB SEI 2010 Committee Chairman Lou Lanzerotti, SEI Committee member Jose-Marie Griffiths, NSF Director Arden L. Bement , Jr., and OSTP Assistant Director of Federal Research and Development Kei Koizumi.

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