Seeking to lower the amount of time federal research grant recipients spend on administrative work, the House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would establish a working group to make recommendations on streamlining federal regulations and minimizing regulatory requirements on universities conducting federally funded research. Sponsored by Representative Larry Bucshon (R-IN), H.R. 5056 seeks ways to cut the estimated 42 percent of time grant recipients spend on administrative tasks. The working group would submit their recommendations to Congress within one year of the legislation’s enactment.

The House also passed H.R. 5029 aimed at improving international cooperation on science and technology endeavors. The legislation, sponsored by Representative Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), directs the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science and Technology Council to seek out and coordinate partnerships that “can strengthen the United States science and technology enterprise, improve economic and national security, and support United States foreign policy goals.”

 


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