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CoR News (March 14, 2016)

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CoR NEWSMarch 14, 2016

To: APLU Council on ResearchFrom: APLU CoR Staff

  • Response Requested: New CoR Email List for Associate VP/VCRs

CoR has determined that it would be useful to develop an email distribution list for Associate VP/VCRs, in addition to this CoR list, which is directed solely at VP/VCRs and APLU staff. This new list will be used for occasional communications regarding relevant meetings, news, and initiatives. As an example, this list will permit communications related to the upcoming New and Associate SRO workshop at the CoR Summer Meeting. We also plan to copy the new Associates distribution list on CoR News mailings such as this. Please email gcroft@aplu.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding the new list.

Please forward this email, and/or a link to this Google Form soliciting Associate VP/VCR contact information to any and all Associate VP/VCRs you would like subscribed to our new list. We will use responses to the Google Form to build our Associates database.

  • New Informational Resources at the NIH Office of Science Policy

Below is a message highlighting new informational resources at the NIH Office of Science Policy, from Ryan Bayha, Director of Strategic Engagement, NIH Office of Science Policy:

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Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to reach out to make you aware of some of the resources available from the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP). First, OSP has recently launched a new listserv that will allow stakeholders to receive timely updates on policy areas including biosafety and biosecurity, clinical research, genomic data sharing, technology transfer, innovation policy, scientific reporting, and much more. The listserv will also provide subscribers with information on upcoming OSP and trans-governmental meetings and workshops related to important science policy topics.

To subscribe to the listserv, please click here and then choose the “subscribe” option. You may also subscribe by sending an email to listserv@list.nih.gov with the message: Subscribe OSP_News

Secondly, I wanted to remind stakeholders about the OSP blog “Under the Poliscope.” The blog is written by the NIH Associate Director for Science Policy, Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz, and presents a unique take on the major science policy issues OSP deals with. To subscribe to the blog, simply follow this link: http://osp.od.nih.gov/under-the-poliscope

For more information about OSP, please visit our website at: http://osp.od.nih.gov/. Questions may also be sent to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov

Lastly, please feel free to broadcast this information widely.

  • Feedback Request: European Commission’s Horizon2020: State Dept. Working to Renegotiate Terms for U.S. Collaborators

Last week, APLU participated in a stakeholder meeting convened by OSTP and led by the State Department, concerning U.S. collaboration with the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Program (H2020). This Europe-wide strategic research investment, running from 2014 – 2020, may include U.S. researchers as non-funded (with some exceptions) consortium participants. Some universities have reported that legal and other barriers have inhibited their researchers’ engagement with the program. The State Department is soliciting university feedback on past research interactions with H2020, particularly administrative or bureaucratic concerns that could be streamlined through negotiation. The State Department is preparing to open discussions on reducing obstacles to research collaboration for the 2017-2018 term. If there are items you would like to share based on your experiences, please send them to gcroft@aplu.org. APLU will in turn share them with the State Department.