Provides a wide range of data and analyses on support for research and development, and on education in science and technology, including the annual Science and Engineering Indicators report.
Until its demise in 1995 the U.S. Congress’ Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) produced a series of well-regarded reports on a wide range of key policy issues related to science and technology. While OTA no longer exists, this site, hosted by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School, maintains a complete archive of its reports.
Provides access to materials on international issues of concern to the U.S. government that have considerable scientific content. It also provides documents analyzing the role of science and technology in the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.
Provides reports from the front lines of science and technology policymaking.
OSTP's site provides the current Administration position papers, speeches, and reports on science and technology policy. PCAST is a committee of independent advisors to the President, co-chaired by the President's Science Advisor (who also directs OSTP). The site provides full text of PCAST reports from 1995 to the present and a variety of other information about PCAST’s activities.
Provide a wide range of useful information on science and technology policy, including data and analysis on U.S. R&D budgets and the AAAS Guide to Graduate Education in Science, Engineering, and Public Policy.
Provides summaries of and materials related to a conference held in November 2002, commemorating the tenth anniversary of the conclusion of the Commission’s original series of projects on science and technology policy.
The home page for the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council (the research arm of the three academies) provides a broad range of information, including summaries of recent and ongoing studies. Hard copies of these studies can be ordered, and many can be viewed on-line, at the website for the National Academies Press.
The RAND Corporation operated the Institute from 1992 – 2003, with support from the National Science Foundation. The site provides a rich source of information on and insights into U.S. and international science policy. Some of the Institute's work is carried on by RAND’s Science and Technology Research Area.
Projects and publications on science and technology policy research.
Focus on innovation studies; hosts the journal Innovations: Technology:Governance:Globalization (see also below).
Strengths are innovation policy and the affiliated Space Policy Institute.
Georgia Tech has perhaps the strongest research program in this field. The site includes links to faculty publications.
Universityof Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Science, Technology and Public Policy (STPP) Program
The Ford School's STPP program is devoted to interdisciplinary research and teaching on the politics and processes of science and technology policymaking. Site includes links and publications.
SPRU is one of the leading (and oldest) academic research centers focusing on science, technology, and innovation policy. The site includes documents, bibliographies, and other resources related to SPRU’s research.
Annual statistical report on science, technology, and innovation in Europe (parallel to the NSF’s Science and Engineering Indicators).
Members of OECD are governments of industrialized countries in Europe, Asia, and North America. The site provides extensive material on science, technology, and innovation policy: statistics, documents, country-level insights, and news about events, organized by topic (e.g., the management of public research). There is also a set of links to official sites of agencies involved with science and technology policy in each of OECD’s thirty member countries.
The gateway to UN information on science and technology for development.
Published at George Mason University’s Center for Science and Technology Policy, in collaboration with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, the journal address technological, institutional, and societal innovation.
This quarterly journal is a forum for discussion of public policy related to science, engineering, and medicine. The site provides free access to and a search function for the full text of articles, beginning with the Fall 1996 issue.
SciDev.net was founded to be a Web-based source of authoritative scientific information for experts and policy makers in developing countries. The journals Science and Nature contribute published papers to SciDev.net. The site also contains a varying number of "dossiers," which provide much more extensive treatment of certain scientific topics, such as biodiversity and climate change. The dossiers, in particular, present considerable discussion of public policy. The "Editorials" and "News" sections are also of interest to policy analysts and students of science, technology, and development.