OS&T Scientific Divisions

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  • Science Policy, Research & Higher Education

    A good and up-to-date knowledge of the policies adopted for Science and Technology, by the various US actors is crucial, to design the appropriate cooperation strategies. The administration and the federal agencies, the federated States, the public or private universities, the big companies, are among the many actors who shape the landscape of the research in the USA. Student, researcher, and businessperson exchanges play a fundamental role in scientific cooperation. They constitute a base through which collaborations and long-lasting bilateral research partnerships can begin. Read more

  • Innovation and Technology Transfer

    In the United States, the federal government heavily subsidizes the commercialization of the products coming from research coming from strategic sectors such as life sciences and IT. It is truly a matter of economic development. Following the Bayh Dole Act (1980) and in the past 15 years, there has also been a real effort by universities to protect and promote the results of their work. Read more

  • New Technologies for Information, Communication, and Security

    New technologies, largely based upon the progress of information processing and worlwide spreading of digital information sharing, have greatly contributed to the economic growth of the USA during the last two decades, and still do even after the financial downturn of 2008-09. Read more

  • Space

    The office for S&T is in charge of analyzing the evolution of American space policies, regulations, programs and budgets and conducting a close and structured follow-up to all the fields of space activity (access to space, telecommunications, navigation, space sciences, Earth observation, human spaceflight). Read more

  • Life Sciences

    The Life Sciences and Health sectors represent important strategic international stakes in terms of economic and social issues. In this sector, the United States occupies a more and more preponderant position. Biology research in the U.S. is mostly concentrated in "clusters" built around leading academic and research institutions (Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, ..). These clusters attract 60% of funding from the NIH (National Institutes of Health) for research, 67% of biotechnology patents, 95% of investments in partnerships and 75% of biotech companies with over 100 employees. Read more

  • Energy & Environment

    The Energy and Environment sector of the Office of Science and Technology is located in Washington, DC, where the political and strategic dimensions of the field are concentrated, but its functions cover the entire United States. The scientific elements of its mission span across all disciplines, involving public, private, academic, and other actors from every field. Finally, socioeconomic impact are primary determinants of R&D priorities and educational outreach in the domain of environment and sustainable development. Read more

  • Physics & Nanosciences

    The Physical Sciences, Nanotechnology and Material Sciences sector of the Office of Science and Technology is located in Houston, TX. Our efforts are strongly orientated towards Nanotechnology which is under-going at the present time, throughout the entire world, a spectacular spurt of development and interest. It is a scientific field where a great many applications can be readily envisioned as well as in the public health sector, in the sectors of information technology, energy, transport, security and aeronautics. Physical science is however far from being absent as it is largely involved in all aspects of nanotechnology which is implicitly multidisciplinary and which is also related to material sciences, biology, medicine or environment. Read more

  • Agronomic Research, Food Science and Green Technology

    The Agronomic Research, Food Science and Green Technology sector of the Office of Science and Technology is located in Chicago, IL. The Midwest holds many of the best agricultural colleges in the country, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Purdue University in Indiana, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Michigan State University in East Lansing, Ohio State University in Columbus, and Iowa State University in Ames. This can be explained historically: founded in the second have of the nineteenth century as public schools for agriculture and agricultural mechanics (Land Grant Universities), these colleges have now become comprehensive public universities that have kept an excellence in both agronomy (doubled by excellent veterinary schools) and engineering. Read more