Momentum builds for $50 million Regional Innovation program in FY 2021

March 05, 2020

Nine national, nonprofit think tanks and innovation-focused associations have written a letter urging the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations subcommittees to provide $50 million in FY 2021 for Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS; now Build-to-Scale). Similarly, 50 current and former awardees have written to ask Congress to continue expanding the program’s support. These efforts follow dozens of meetings between SSTI members and congressional offices early last month. Congress is already well into the FY 2021 appropriations process, holding numerous budgetary hearings and accepting formal funding requests from constituents.

Add your voice to the FY 2021 appropriations process on behalf of RIS and other, effective innovation programs. Contact Jason Rittenberg ( | 614-901-1690) to get involved today.