Science and Technology

The Issue

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Our Work
Comments on the National Security Presidential Memorandum-33
Comments on the National Security Presidential Memorandum-33
Comments from ACE and four other associations to the Office of Science and Technology Policy on the implementation of the Presidential Memorandum on United States Government Support Research and Development National Security Policy.
Letter to Congressional Committees on Provisions of Concern in Research Innovation and Security Bills
Letter to Congressional Committees on Provisions of Concern in Research Innovation and Security Bills
The letter outlines serious concerns regarding provisions in multiple bills that would have long-term, detrimental impacts on the ability of colleges and universities to compete and work with international partners to address issues of global importance.
Letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee on Broadband Infrastructure Needs for Post-Secondary Students
Letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee on Broadband Infrastructure Needs for Post-Secondary Students
Request to Congress to help address the digital divide exacerbated by the pandemic and ensure student access to fundamental tools such as reliable internet connections and devices capable of managing distance learning.
Senate Passes Bill to Authorize Funding for Technology, Science and Research, Tighten Security on Research
Senate Passes Bill to Authorize Funding for Technology, Science and Research, Tighten Security on Research
The Senate has passed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, a bipartisan effort to authorize funding for the National Science Foundation that also contains a range of provisions aimed at tightening security on research activities.
Letter to Senate in Opposition to the Rubio Amendment to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act
Letter to Senate in Opposition to the Rubio Amendment to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act
This amendment would require three separate federal security agencies to certify if a person receiving funding under this act “has sufficient protections in place" against espionage.
Letter Opposing the Sullivan Amendment to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act
Letter Opposing the Sullivan Amendment to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act
Letter to Senate leaders strongly opposing an amendment to the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 that would require colleges and universities to “protect” free speech and religious freedoms to receive NSF funding.
Letter to the Senate on the Endless Frontier Act
Letter to the Senate on the Endless Frontier Act
We are deeply concerned that several provisios in this bill would detrimentally impact many colleges and universities, including smaller institutions and community colleges.
Memo on the Safeguarding American Innovation Act
Memo on the Safeguarding American Innovation Act
Analysis of provisions in the Safeguarding American Innovation Act that are problematic for the higher education and research communities.
Bills Targeting China Could Impact Higher Education Research and Foreign Gift Reporting
Bills Targeting China Could Impact Higher Education Research and Foreign Gift Reporting
Some parts of the bills would be beneficial to campuses and students—especially the funding for research and efforts on STEM—while other provisions would be problematic, expensive, and time-consuming in terms of process and reporting requirements.
Letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Strategic Competition Act
Letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Strategic Competition Act
From ACE and three other higher education associations to the leaders of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in opposition to a provision in the Strategic Competition Act that would require the review of gifts and contracts offered to member inst...
Comments to NIST on Proposed Changes to Bayh-Dole Regulations
Comments to NIST on Proposed Changes to Bayh-Dole Regulations
Comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology regarding proposed changes to the Bayh-Dole regulations, specifically around rights to inventions made by nonprofits and small businesses under government grant contracts and cooperative ag...
Request for Public Comment on Research Security and Integrity Documents
Request for Public Comment on Research Security and Integrity Documents
Letter from ACE and four other associations to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy requesting public comment on two documents released in the closing days of the Trump administration related to research security and integrity.
Request for Supplemental Funding for Federal Science Agencies During COVID-19
Request for Supplemental Funding for Federal Science Agencies During COVID-19
Higher education associations are urging Congress to provide $26 billion in supplemental funding for federal science agencies that provide critical support for the nation’s scientists and engineers and research operations.
Letter on the Proposed HSAC Academic Subcommittee
Letter on the Proposed HSAC Academic Subcommittee
Letter to Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf offering to act as a resource in putting together the Homeland Security Advisory Council Academic Subcommittee.
Request to House to Make Research Funding a Priority in the Next COVID-19 Relief Bill
Request to House to Make Research Funding a Priority in the Next COVID-19 Relief Bill
Letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting that the next COVID-19 relief package provide emergency funding for the nation’s research agencies, including research relief funding consistent with the RISE Act.
Request for Continued Support for Research During the Pandemic
Request for Continued Support for Research During the Pandemic
Letter to Congress, the Department of the Treasury, and the White House requesting emergency funding for scientific research in the next COVID-19 relief package under consideration.
Letter to the Senate HSGAC Committee on the Safeguarding American Innovation Act
Letter to the Senate HSGAC Committee on the Safeguarding American Innovation Act
Letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs outlining concerns about several provisions in the Safeguarding American Innovation Act (S. 3997).
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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