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Infrastructure and Innovation

Many institutions of higher education rely upon tax-exempt bond financing to acquire, construct, and/or expand capital infrastructure such as academic buildings and state-of-the-art laboratories, residence halls, student centers, hospitals, athletic facilities, energy plants, museums, and more.

University-industry research collaborations that take place in tax-exempt bond-financed facilities on campuses help to accelerate the transformation of fundamental discoveries made in the lab into the innovative products and services that help support economic development and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans.

The federal Research & Development Tax Credit, which allows companies to deduct qualified research expenses from their overall corporate income taxes, promotes greater collaboration between industry and universities, including fostering employment opportunities for students and graduates, and the growth of start-up companies.



AAU joined ACE and other higher education organizations on a letter urging Congress to address the expiration of federal subsidy payments for BABs due to sequestration.
AAU President Barbara R. Snyder sent a letter to Congress expressing support for certain provisions of the Build Back Better Act and urging some important modifications as the bill advances through the legislative process. The letter emphasizes the significance of a successful government-university partnership and asks Congress to improve the legislation so it benefits students and America’s research and innovation enterprise.
AAU calls for an infusion of at least $6 billion for federal research agency programs that support scientific infrastructure at colleges and universities.

AAU President Barbara R. Snyder sent a letter urging Senate and House budget committee leaders to make bold investments in the health, security, prosperity, and future of our nation as they craft the FY22 budget.

AAU joined ACE and 20 higher education associations and organizations in sending a letter to the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to “include dedicated investments in broadband infrastructure for postsecondary students and institutions in any infrastructure package under consideration.”
AAU President Barbara R. Snyder issued a statement about the House Science Committee's decision today to advance the National Science Foundation for the Future Act (H.R. 2225) and the Department of Energy Science for the Future Act (H.R. 3593).
AAU has prepared a summary of President Biden's $2.25 trillion, eight-year American Jobs Plan that aims “to reimagine and rebuild a new economy." and the $1.8 trillion American Families Plan
President Barbara R. Snyder issued a statement praising investments in science, research in White House’s American Jobs Plan.
AAU letter expressing gratitude for pandemic relief measures to date and outlining steps the federal policymakers should pursue in a bipartisan manner to continue to support our nation's recovery and strengthen our global competitiveness.
Government investment in the infrastructure that facilitates scientific research and advancement helped make America safer, stronger, and more successful in the 20th century. The challenges of the 21st century make it more important than ever to renew our commitment to that kind of forward-thinking investment.