A Message from President Clinton and Vice President Gore

Through scientific discovery and technological innovation, we enlist the forces of the natural world to solve many of the uniquely human problems we face -- feeding and providing energy to a growing population, improving human health, taking responsibility for protecting the environment and the global ecosystem, and ensuring our own nation's security. Scientific discoveries inspire and enrich us, teaching us about the mysteries of life and the nature of the world.

Technology -- the engine of economic growth -- creates jobs, builds new industries, and improves our standard of living. Science fuels technology's engine. It is essential to our children's future that we continue to invest in fundamental research. Equally important, science and mathematics education must provide our children with the knowledge and skills they need to prepare for the high-technology jobs of the future, to become leaders in scientific research, and to exercise the responsibilities of citizenship in the twenty-first century.

To reach the goals for the fundamental science and education outlined in this report, we must strengthen partnerships with industry, with state and local governments, and with schools, colleges, and universities across the country. This Administration is committed to making today's investment in science a top priority for the building the America of tomorrow.