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Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure in the US
By 2030 SDG 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. This includes increasing investments in research and development (R&D), manufacturing, and upgrading our infrastructure in all sectors including transport and energy. It also means ensuring businesses and entrepreneurs have access to financial services and markets, and that everyone has access to affordable and reliable broadband internet and other information and communication technology.
The US invests over $650 billion into research and development (R&D) each year funded by private businesses, federal and non-federal governments, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations. In 2019, US State Governments spent $2.4 billion on Research & Development, 45% of which went to health-related projects.
Despite so much investment in research and development in the US, much of our established infrastructure has declined and could use much more funding and innovation. Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases America’s Infrastructure Scorecard. In the 2021 report, the nation received an overall score of C-. Currently, 42% percent of all bridges are at least 50 years old and 7.5% are considered to be in “poor” condition, while 43% of our public roadways are in poor or mediocre condition. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates communication by radio, television, and other means, estimates that 14.5 million Americans don’t have access to broadband internet.
Use the tool below to view industry, innovation, and infrastructure-related indicators nationally or by state, as well as an overview of the more than 39,500 nonprofits organizations that work on addressing related issues in the US. You can also discover 737 products and services in our Tech for Good Directory related to cybersecurity, donor management, data management and analysis and other key areas of research and innovation.
Roads in Good or
Population with Access
to Broadband Internet
Interactive charts sources:
- Percent of Roads in Good Condition: GC Insights analysis of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2019 Data.
- Broadband Access: BroadbandNow 2021
- Business Applications 2007-2020: GC Insights analysis of U.S. Census and U.S. Department of Commerce Business Formation Statistics 2004-2020.
- State R&D Investment: Survey of State Government Research and Development: FY 2019, National Science Foundation
- Nonprofit-related data: GC Insights analysis of over one million forms 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service -IRS 2018-2021