President Barack Obama walks along the Colonnade with John Holdren, Nov. 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Latest Blog Posts

  • Investing in Research to Help Unlock the Mysteries of the Brain

    The President’s 2016 Budget proposes increasing funding for the BRAIN Initiative from about $200 million in FY 2015 to more than $300 million in FY 2016.

  • Calling All Innovators: Apply to Serve the Nation as a Presidential Innovation Fellow

    We are on the lookout for more innovators and technologists to serve the nation as Presidential Innovation Fellows.

  • Satellite Launches with Mission to Monitor Space Weather

    Last night, the the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a NOAA satellite, launched into outer space. Space weather monitoring capabilities and Earth observations provided by DSCOVR will enhance our Nation's ability to plan for and respond to the hazards associated with space weather, and to better understand the interactions between human and natural systems that characterize our planet.

  • Targeting Tumors with Particle Beams

    Today, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy (DOE) are each announcing the selection of several new research awards to advance particle beam therapies for the treatment of cancer.

  • Using Behavioral Science Insights to Make Government More Effective, Simpler, and More People-Friendly

    This month marks one full year since the launch of the first-ever Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST), which was created in response to the President’s call to make government programs more effective and efficient. SBST had a successful first year, launching a wide variety of evidence-based pilots. To mark the one-year anniversary of SBST, the team met with President Obama last Friday.

FEATURED TOPICS

CLIMATE ACTION PLAN:
On June 25, 2013, President Obama laid out his comprehensive plan for steady action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution in America, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. The Plan is a recognition that climate change is unequivocal, its primary cause is greenhouse gas pollution, and it is threatening the health of our communities, families, and economy. Learn more:

  • Progress Report
  • Text of the President's Speech
  • Weekly Address
  • Infographic
  • Fact Sheet
  • The Climate Action Plan
  • OSTP Blog Post
  • What Business Leaders are Saying



    OPEN DATA:
    On May 9, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. That same day, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a landmark policy to help implement the Executive Order. Learn more:

  • White House Blog Post
  • Statements of Support
  • Project Open Data
  • Executive Order
  • Open Data Policy



    2013 WHITE HOUSE SCIENCE FAIR:
    On April 22, 2013, President Obama hosted 100 student innovators from more than 40 states for the third-ever White House Science Fair. The event was a celebration of amazing and award-winning student-achievements in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The cohort of kids included app-coders, algae-growers, video-game designers, city-planners, roboticists, and rocket-scientists—most of them not yet old enough to drive. Learn more:

  • Videos from the Science Fair
  • President Obama's Remarks
  • Science Fair Fact Sheet
  • White House Blog Post



    STEM EDUCATION:
    On February 13, 2013, OSTP hosted the first-ever White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event, where nearly 100 middle- and high-schoolers spent an hour asking STEM-centric questions to some of the Nation’s top S&T innovators. The event highlighted the Obama Administration’s ongoing work to expand participation of American youth in STEM studies and equip the Nation’s future innovators with the skills they need to succeed in STEM careers. Learn more:

  • OSTP Blog Post
  • White House Blog Post
  • Video: SoSTEM Event