U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science

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The U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science supports partnerships for economic, educational, and technological progress.


The Foundation

The U.S.-Mexico border region presents extraordinary opportunities for partnerships that drive innovative enterprises and transform the economy, boost quality of life, and serve the long-term interests of the United States. Both countries already have taken major strides to combine their respective strengths and begin capitalizing on this promise:

  • Mexico is the United States’ second-largest export market and third-largest trading partner, fueling nearly five million U.S. jobs.
  • The two countries have formed a globally competitive economic region, building products in cross-border supply chains on a massive scale.
  • More than one million Mexican professionals work in the United States, and more than 12,000 of them hold Ph.Ds.

The countries are now intertwined in ways that benefit millions of Americans through innovation and knowledge-based entrepreneurship and growth. The possibilities for transformative joint endeavors are enormous.

 “Mexico is the United States’ second-largest export market and third-largest trading partner, fueling nearly five million U.S. jobs.”


Alongside this good news, current debates about border security, trade agreements, jobs and immigration raise complexities that must be addressed. As these conversations move forward, cooperation by governments, companies and universities remain essential to capitalizing on the economic, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities that partnerships afford states and communities that are neighbors along the border.

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Progress & Potential

For 25 years, the Foundation has helped Mexico make important advances in the quality of its educational system, the modernity of its workforce, and its highly added value as a manufacturing partner.

Progress & Potential

The Impact


USMFS builds academic-government-business coalitions that secure funding and bring viable products and services from both countries to global markets. This work is based on smart, collaborative planning processes that address market trends and monetize emerging technology breakthroughs. 

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The Border


The 10 U.S. and Mexican states that make up the border region are home to nearly 100 million people and the world’s fourth-largest economy.

From public health to natural-resource management to national security, what happens on one side of the border has a major impact on the other—most particularly in the arena of economic development.

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Our Future


The Foundation will continue working with public policymakers, economic stakeholders, university leaders and intellectual innovators in both countries to strengthen this binational region as an engine of North-American prosperity—and as a better home for people in both countries to work and thrive.

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