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OSTP Director Pens Letter to U.S. Research Community

Today, the Director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Dr. Kelvin K. Droegemeier, sent a letter to the U.S. research community, including professional societies, academic institutions, university faculty and students, on addressing research security and other issues associated with the American research enterprise.

The letter describes the Administration’s approach to balancing the open and internationally collaborative nature of the U.S. research enterprise with security, integrity, and transparency in the face of a changing geopolitical landscape. It also provides an update on the structure and progress of OSTP’s Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE), led by top Federal agencies and containing four subcommittees: research security, safe and inclusive research environments, research rigor and integrity, and coordinating administration requirements for research.

“Our goal in distributing this letter is to provide greater certainty around the Administration’s efforts to address important issues related to America’s research environment. OSTP has a unique and important role in bringing together the Federal government, research institutions, nonprofits, and the private sector to ensure the integrity and security of the American research enterprise in light of increasingly sophisticated threats. Important work is already underway, and I look forward to continued conversations with the entire U.S. research enterprise. Working together, we will ensure that our research environments balance openness with protection of our research assets so America can continue to lead the world in science and technology,” said Dr. Droegemeier.

During the next few months, OSTP will be holding meetings at academic institutions across the Nation to converse with researchers and students on matters of research security and other topics within JCORE.

Click here for more background on JCORE.


Released September 17, 2019, Updated September 24, 2019