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Innovation and Competitiveness

AAU joined 79 other organizations in resending a letter to House and Senate leaders of the appropriations subcommittees on energy and water to request a one-time appropriation of $31.5 million to establish the Foundation for Energy Security and Innovation at the Department of Energy.
AAU has joined the League of European Research Universities, the Canadian U15, the United Kingdom’s Russell Group, the Japanese Research University 11, the German U15, and the Australian Group of Eight in signing on to the Leiden Principles on the role of research-intensive universities as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
AAU, ACE, and other higher education organizations sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate education committees endorsing the College Transparency Act (S. 839/H.R. 2030) and urging the inclusion of CTA language currently in the America COMPETES Act in the final and reconciled version of the United States Innovation and Competition Act and the America COMPETES Act.
The America COMPETES Act must retain provisions designed to attract and keep international STEM talent.
The Task Force on American Innovation, an alliance of industry, professional societies, and university organizations including AAU, sent a letter urging congressional leaders to include supplemental appropriations for science and technology programs in the final conference agreement on the House-passed America COMPETES Act and the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act.

123 Members of Congress signed onto a “Dear Colleague” letter urging House appropriators to include “robust and sustained” funding for the Department of Energy Office of Science in the FY23 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

The Coalition for National Science Funding, which includes AAU, sent a letter to congressional science appropriators requesting at least $11 billion in funding for the National Science Foundation in FY23.
AAU joined ACE and 20 higher education associations in a letter to Congress outlining priorities for provisions related to STEM education and scientific research and innovation in the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology, and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521) and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260)
The Energy Sciences Coalition, of which AAU is a member, sent a letter to congressional leadership supporting the inclusion of Department of Energy provisions in the final competitiveness legislation package.
President Snyder sent a letter to House and Senate leaders outlining priorities for several key provisions that Congress is discussing as part of the conference process for the Senate-passed USICA and the House-passed America COMPETES Act.