Science and Technology

The Issue

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The federal government funds research and development at U.S. colleges and universities in many different fields. ACE member institutions partner with the federal government to address national challenges, creating cutting-edge innovations that drive the U.S. economy and improve lives around the world. They also engage in global partnerships with international institutions and organizations to share ideas and research across borders. In 2017, ACE member institutions received over $35.2 billion in federal research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Department of Energy. ACE staff work with Congress and the administration on ensuring this funding stream remains a priority, as well as on regulations that oversee the partnership between the science agencies and universities. ​​​​​

Our Work
Supporting Research During the Pandemic
Supporting Research During the Pandemic
Letter to Senate leadership and the Appropriations Committee on requesting $26 billion in additional support for research during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Letter to Congressional Leadership on Support for Research During the Pandemic
Letter to Congressional Leadership on Support for Research During the Pandemic
Letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer requesting relief for the university research workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Letter to Congress in Support of Research During COVID-19 Pandemic
Letter to Congress in Support of Research During COVID-19 Pandemic
Letter from ACE, AAU, APLU, and AAMC outlining a four-point strategy to help U.S. universities continue leading in the battle against COVID-19 and ensure that research in other areas can continue.
ACE Responds to Request for Information on the American Research Environment
ACE Responds to Request for Information on the American Research Environment
ACE submitted comments to the National Science and Technology Council on the work of the Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE) and how to maximize the quality and effectiveness of American research.
Comments on the Joint Committee on the Research Environment
Comments on the Joint Committee on the Research Environment
Comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy responding to the request for information on the Joint Committee on the Research Environment and how to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the American research.
Efforts to Curb Sexual Harassment in Science Move Forward
Efforts to Curb Sexual Harassment in Science Move Forward
Efforts to deal with sexual harassment in science have continued over the summer, with the House approving a bill to address the problem and NASA moving on rule changes similar to those implemented by NSF last year.
House Defense Bill Includes Provisions on Academic Espionage, For-Profit Oversight
House Defense Bill Includes Provisions on Academic Espionage, For-Profit Oversight
The House of Representatives approved a $733 billion defense policy bill on Friday that includes provisions targeted at stemming perceived academic espionage at U.S. research universities.
House Committee Hears Testimony on Pursuing a Diverse STEM Workforce
House Committee Hears Testimony on Pursuing a Diverse STEM Workforce
Lorelle Espinosa, ACE's vice president for research, was among the witnesses testifying May 9 before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology at a hearing looking into efforts to diversify the STEM workforce.
Higher Education Groups Comment on New NSF Harassment Reporting Requirements
Higher Education Groups Comment on New NSF Harassment Reporting Requirements
Seven higher education associations, including ACE, have submitted comments on proposed reporting requirements on sexual assault and harassment for NSF grantees.
Senate Hearing, Reports Look at Chinese Impact on U.S. Universities
Senate Hearing, Reports Look at Chinese Impact on U.S. Universities
A Senate hearing and two new reports are the latest efforts in the federal government's scrutiny of Chinese influence at U.S. colleges and universities.
ACE, Higher Education Groups Submit Brief in Support of Restoring Net Neutrality Rules
ACE, Higher Education Groups Submit Brief in Support of Restoring Net Neutrality Rules
ACE and 19 other higher education associations submitted a brief Aug. 27 to the Federal Communications Commission in a case that seeks to reverse the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality.
FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Rules
FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Rules
The FCC) has approved a proposal to repeal its net neutrality rules, which uphold the principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally.
Comments on Proposed Rule for Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information
Comments on Proposed Rule for Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information
Comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the notice of proposed rule-making concerning “Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information” published in the Federal Register on April 4, 2019.
Comments to the Federal Communications Commission on Business Data Services
Comments to the Federal Communications Commission on Business Data Services
ACE and six higher education associations submitted this letter in support of comments filed by Internet2 and EDUCAUSE in the Federal Communications Commission’s Business Data Services proceeding.
Higher Education Groups Comment on New NSF Harassment Reporting Requirements
Higher Education Groups Comment on New NSF Harassment Reporting Requirements
Higher education associationssubmitted comments to the National Science Foundation in response to a notice in the March 5 Federal Register proposing new reporting requirements on sexual assault and harassment for NSF grantees.
Testimony of Lorelle Espinosa to the House Science Committee on Achieving a Diverse STEM Workforce
Testimony of Lorelle Espinosa to the House Science Committee on Achieving a Diverse STEM Workforce
Lorelle Espinosa, ACE's vice president for research, testified May 9 before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology at a hearing looking into efforts to diversify the STEM workforce.


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