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The Partnership

Articles and Op-Eds by university presidents related to the Government-University Partnership

Eric S. Lander, the founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, is worried that no one seems to be arguing about what needs to be done to ensure America's position as the world's leader in science and technology.
Maria T. Zuber, vice president for research at M.I.T., writes that amid the turbulence in Washington, "It’s easy to miss the fact that part of what’s at stake is America’s dominance in science, engineering, and innovation."
Rebecca Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Brad Schwartz, CEO of the biomedical Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison, wrote in support of basic science in this commentary published by The Hill.
At the height of World War II, the federal government forged a unique partnership with American universities to perform research to strengthen national security, improve public health, and bolster economic competitiveness.
Nicholas S. Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University, calls on Congress to once again protect a government-university partnership that has produced "breakthrough upon breakthrough."
"If America wants to maintain its innovative edge, create meaningful jobs and realize economic growth, then we must make funding for basic science a national and state priority," according to Rebecca Blank, chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Marsha Mailick, vice chancellor for research and graduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mark Schlissel, president of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, warns that the new administration's proposed budget cuts for research agencies would have "severe consequences" in this guest commentary published by Bridge Magazine.
Proposals in Washington to slash federal research budgets threaten America's leadership in scientific, technological, and economic advancement, AAU Presidents and Chancellors say.
Federal budget constraints have reduced funding for research, even as other nations increase their own. We must strengthen our investment in research to maintain our scientific and technological leadership and our economic competitiveness.