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AAMC Joins Recommendations on National Innovation Strategy

September 26, 2014— The AAMC joined the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the Association of American Universities, the Council on Governmental Relations, the American Council on Education, and the Association of University Technology Managers on a Sept. 23 letter  in response to a request for information (RFI) on the Administration’s “Strategy for American Innovation.”

The RFI, issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Economic Council (NEC), sought input to identify particular actions that the government should take to enhance and promote innovation within the United States and included 25 specific questions on topics ranging from education to technology transfer.

The response emphasized several areas for further reform, including the need to rationalize federal regulations affecting research and to ensure that efforts required in complying with regulations actually align with the outcomes those regulations seek. The response also notes AAMC’s work collecting information on member institutions’ efforts to comply with rules on managing financial conflicts of interest.

For initiatives promoting technology transfer from universities to commercial application, the associations recommend adapting existing federal tech transfer programs to fund more “proof of concept” research, as a means to help universities better demonstrate the workability of new technologies that commercial investors might then license, develop and scale-up for application.

In response to a specific section in the RFI on ways the government could better ensure the reliability and reproducibility of published results from federally funded research, the letter noted the extensive efforts by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to enhance reproducibility by promoting data sharing, improved training, transparency, and strengthening peer review. The associations believe that agencies like NIH, working with institutions, publishers and others in the research community, have the necessary resources to address this issue, without recourse to legislation or new regulation at this time.

Contact:

Stephen Heinig
Director, Science Policy
Telephone: 202-828-0488
Email: sheinig@aamc.org

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