On 24 March 2009, the House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held a hearing to discuss legislation on international science partnerships. The “International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2009” (HR 1736) would establish a Committee on International Science, Engineering, and Technology (CISET) to coordinate all international science and technology activities engaged in by the United States. CISET would help to facilitate and enhance partnerships between American and foreign scientists by identifying new opportunities for collaboration and by providing funding. The committee would also serve to coordinate partnerships between federal research agencies and the United States Department of State, in order to assist the use of science as a diplomacy tool. CISET would revive a committee that was disbanded in 2001.


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