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Innovation and Competitiveness

The Task Force on American Innovation, of which AAU is a member, recently sent a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Leaders thanking them for their efforts to advance the FY20 appropriations measures for Commerce-Justice-Science, Defense, and Energy-Water, and encouraging them to complete all 12 FY20 appropriations measures before the second continuing resolution runs out December 20.
The Energy Sciences Coalition sent a letter to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair and Ranking Member to encourage them to include S. 2714, the “Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Reauthorization Act of 2019,” in a final energy research and development legislative package.
AAU submitted comments in response to the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) request for information on strengthening the U.S. bioeconomy
AAU, along with 80 other organizations, sent letters to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and to Senate Agriculture and Appropriations Committee leadership expressing their support for the America Grows Act, legislation that would authorize a five percent annual funding increase over the next five years for USDA research – including AFRI research.
AAU sent a letter to Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) to oppose provisions in the “SBA Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2019.”
AAU and 19 other higher education groups this week filed an amicus brief arguing against the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order arguing that it undermines universities’ educational, research, and public service activities.
AAU and APLU submitted a comment letter on the National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing, emphasizing investment in research and development and manufacturing innovation institutes, and the support of education and training programs.
AAU President Mary Sue Coleman expresses dismay at the FCC decision to eliminate protections for network neutrality, reversing their 2015 Open Internet Order.
AAU joins six other associations in letter sent to FCC in support of open and neutral access to the Internet.
In this blog post, AAU President Coleman explores the importance of silly-sounding science and innovative research to grow our economy, improve public health, and strengthen national security, as is the case with Oregon State University wood chemist Kaichang Li.