Technology powers the Bay Area’s economy, changing industries and producing world-leading companies and products that are changing lives and businesses across the world. Much of this growth can be traced to the region’s world-leading scientific research facilities, including public and private universities, federal research laboratories, and non-profit and corporate laboratories. The vitality of this research enterprise is impacted by the regional, state and national environments that support science and scientific research. Created in 1998, BASIC is the Bay Area’s leading voice on these issues.
BASIC is the science and technology affiliate of the Bay Area Council and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. A collaboration of major organizations in the Bay Area’s scientific research community, it brings together leaders from the region’s university, national laboratory and business community to address key issues and opportunities impacting the region’s research base and its ability to support technology-led growth.
BASIC is led by a Board of Directors composed of research leaders at the region’s universities, the leaders of its national laboratories, and CTOs and lab directors at many of its leading technology companies. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute provides BASIC’s management and policy research support, and the Bay Area Council connects BASIC’s initiatives to the regional business community and with policy leaders in Sacramento and Washington. Together, they work to support economic growth and competitiveness by advancing the Bay Area’s leadership in science, technology and innovation.
BASIC is a forum for the exchange of ideas on regional research priorities, and a platform for public-private collaboration to address them. Analytical reports and forums help to frame key issues, while external partners look to BASIC as a resource. BASIC advocates on the region’s behalf on science and technology-related policies and initiatives at the regional, state and federal levels. Its unique public-private composition ensures that the Bay Area speaks with one voice on science and its importance to the economy, transcending any single industry or perspective.
We invite you to review BASIC’s research products, and to contact us for more information about its activities.