America's leading research universities guard our nation's security by protecting knowledge, trade secrets, and classified information from foreign interference. In fact, AAU members have a vested interest in making sure this is the case. AAU works closely with its members and the government to ensure that appropriate security measures are in place at all times. Our members also work hard to strike a balance between two key priorities. One, that research must remain open to succeed. The integrity of our nation's research depends on it. On the other hand, some sensitive data must also be protected. AAU and APLU have jointly written a guide to help our members deal with this issue. The guide provides principles and values that steer our actions and helps universities limit risks.
As lawmakers consider measures related to securing federally funded research data and intellectual property, it is important to understand the current state of play for research security in the country to avoid new requirements that are duplicative, unnecessary, or counterproductive
Summary of relevant research security provisions in the 2022 CHIPS and Science Act.
AAU, AAMC, ACE, APLU, and COGR submitted a memorandum with joint comments to the National Science Foundation yesterday on standardized disclosure forms and materials created by the National Science and Technology Council as part of the Biden administration’s implementation of National Security Presidential Memorandum-33.
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AAU President Barbara R. Snyder joined the leaders of AAMC, ACE, APLU, and COGR in sending a letter to White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Eric Lander with comments on the planned implementation of National Security Presidential Memorandum-33.
AAU Joins Letter Asking Congressional Leaders to Delete Problematic Aspects of USICA, NSF for the Future Act, and EAGLE Act in Conference
AAU joined other leading higher-education associations in a letter to House and Senate committee leaders expressing serious concerns about provisions of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, the NSF for the Future Act, and the Ensuring American Global Leadership and Engagement (EAGLE) Act as those bills go to conference. In particular, the letter asks for removal of provisions that, while designed to enhance research security, would actually be counterproductive or unnecessarily onerous.
AAU Sends Letter to Congressional Leaders Outlining Priorities for Research Competitiveness Measures
AAU President Barbara R. 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 S. 1260, H.R. 2225, H.R. 3593, and other related measures.
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AAU President Barbara R. Snyder joined the leaders of APLU and COGR in sending a letter to Kathleen Hogan, acting under secretary for science and energy, raising concerns about the implementation of DOE Order 142.3B and requesting a meeting to further discuss the deleterious consequences of the policy.
Provisions of interest pertaining to research security in NSF for the Future Act (H.R. 2225).