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White House Seeks Public Input on Innovation Goals

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The White House has issued a request for public input on new technologies the U.S. government might pursue with research and development funds. The White House wants to offer a variety of "grand challenges" for inventors and scientists to tackle in the coming years. "The focus of this [Request for Information] is on hard, unsolved scientific or engineering challenges that will have significant economic or societal impact and address an important national priority," the White House says. It also is asking the public how the progress of these projects should be monitored and what the appropriate roles are for the government and other stakeholders.

The effort follows the administration's open government strategy to increase citizen participation in government. The White House says it is working with Anil Dash's nonprofit Expert Labs to "explore new ways of tapping the expertise of the American people on these grand challenges."

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