How global science yields local benefits
Global science catalyzes growth of new knowledge and shares the learning across a vast network. Together, our networks increase trade, financial flow, GDP, specialization of labor, migration, cross border foreign direct investment, emerging markets, brands, supply chains, and connectivity. As such, science innovation drives discovery and creates technological advancements from the lab to private sector within a global context, advancing workforce talent, and experimenting with new models for education, research, and partnerships. Global science enables universities, governments, and industry. Collectively, we prosper through combined interests that make us stronger, more profitable, we receive greater impacts, and can better meet societal needs– all outcomes that the U.S. public can embrace.
Global science partnerships bring immense local benefits and transcend national boundaries. Ideas, solutions, and connections are shared across disciplines, ideologies, and traditions. Examples include the success of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beam Research and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, bringing advancement in science and medicine. The Science Gallery is another example of networks that catalyze growth and learning. Science partnerships focused on the Great Lakes return effective results with 21 US and Canadian institutions working together with shared resources. Fraunhaufer USA partnerships invest with American universities to contribute to significant applied R&D. All highlight the critical importance of global science connections. The economic impact across the state of Michigan, for example, grew 46% over 11 years through science collaborations tracked between 3 major universities and their global networks. This fueled $18.7 billion into the state economy. (2017 Univ Research Corridor MSU, U of M, Wayne State with 669,274 alumni from URC universities live in Michigan. URC universities generated $579 million in tax revenues.)
Mary Anne Walker
Michigan State University
Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation