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AAU Executive Committee Statement on Preserving Merit Review

AAU issued a statement in 2005 concerning Congressional earmarking of federal research funds. It noted that earmarks may reduce the capacity of federal research agencies that sponsor merit-based competitions to support the most promising research. It also stated that AAU institutions have a responsibility to support a strong research program based on merit and should refrain from seeking or accepting earmarks that put merit-reviewed funding at risk. 

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