The Council on Governmental Relations is an association of research universities located in the District of Columbia.
Since its inception in 1948, COGR has been continuously involved in the development of all major financial and administrative aspects of federally-funded research.
Today, COGR's primary function is to provide advice and information to its membership and to make certain that federal agencies understand academic operations and the impact of proposed regulations on colleges and universities. COGR helps to develop policies and practices that fairly reflect the mutual interests and separate obligations of federal agencies and universities in research and graduate education.
COGR holds three meetings each year to keep its membership informed of any and all issues facing research institutions today. The next meeting will be held at the Washington Marriott Hotel on February 23 and 24, 2012. The following meetings are June 7 and 8, 2012 and October 25 and 26, 2012. COGR meetings are open for COGR members only.
May 21, 2013 - DATA Act
COGR, AAU and APLU wrote a letter of support for H.R. 2061, a revised Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) Click here for the letter.
May 21, 2013 - June 2013 COGR Meeting Agenda
The June 2013 COGR Meeting Agenda can be viewed here.
April 25, 2013 - April 2013 Update
COGR has published its April 2013 Update with attached joint letter from COGR/AAU on dual use research of concern and correspondence with PTO on microentities. Click here for the Update; here for the joint letter; and here for the PTO correspondence.
April 17, 2013 - June 2013 COGR Meeting Registration Materials
Click here for the June 2013 COGR Meeting Registration Materials.
March 7, 2013 - COGR Assessment of Proposed OMB Guidance
COGR has published the "COGR Preliminary Assessment of Selected Items" regarding the Proposed OMB Guidance. Click here for a copy.
February 6, 2013 - February 2013 Update
COGR has published the February 2013 Update. Click here for a copy.
February 1, 2013 - OMB Proposed Guidance for Grants Reform
OMB has posted the Proposed Guidance for Grants Reform. Click here
to access the OMB website and corresponding documents.
December 20, 2012 - COGR Response to NIH FAQs for Costing Core Facilities
COGR provided NIH with a "red-line" version of the FAQs for Costing Core Facilities in response to the revised FAQs that NIH shared with the community last month. Click here for a copy of the accompanying cover letter and here for the "red-line" FAQs.
November 13, 2012 - COGR Comment Letter to NSF OIG on Awardee Implementation for a RCR Program
COGR has submitted comments to the National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General on proposed information collection of awardee implementation of the Foundation's requirement for a Responsible Conduct of Research Program. Click here for the letter.
October 2012 COGR Meeting Report
COGR has published the October 2012 COGR Meeting Report. Click here for the Report.
November 5, 2012 - Joint Letter to FDA on Dispute Resolution for Biosimilar and Interchangeable Biological Products
ACE, AAMC, AAU, APLU, AUTM and COGR sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration on proposed regulatory pathway for pre-application dispute resolution for biosimilar and interchangeable biological products. Click here for letter.
October 18 - Joint AAU/COGR Letter to the FAR on FISMA Rules
AAU and COGR have sent a letter to the General Services Administration on proposed changes to the FARS concerning "information systems that contain information provided by or generated for the Government...that will be resident on or transiting through contractor information systems." The letter is here.
October 2012 Update
COGR has published the October 2012 Update Click here for the Update.
October 5 - Joint Comment Letter to PTO on First Inventor to File Rules
A joint comment letter was sent to the Patent and Trademark Office on proposed Examination Guidelines on First Inventor to File Provisions. Click here for the letter.
Fall 2012 Update
COGR has published its latest Update - Fall 2012. Click here for the Update.
August 6, 2012 - Comment Letter to Department of Commerce on Proposed Revisions to the EAR
COGR and AAU submitted a joint letter to the Bureau of Industry and Security at Commerce commenting on proposed revisions to the EAR - Implementation of Export Control Reform, Revisions to License Exceptions After Retrospective Regulatory Review. Click here for the letter.
July 27, 2012 - Joint Comment Letter to PTO on Micro Entity Status for Paying Patent Fees
COGR, along with AAU, APLU and AAMC, submitted comments to the Patent and Trademark Office on changes to implement micro entity status for paying patent fees. Click here for the letter.
July 12, 2012 - COGR comment letter on the Foundation's Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide
COGR has submitted a comment letter to the National Science Foundation on the draft version of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. Click here for the letter.
June 19, 2012 - Joint AAU/COGR Comment Letter on Placing Economically Significant Patents Under a Secrecy Order
The AAU and COGR submitted a joint comment letter on the feasibility of placing economically significant patents under a secrecy order and the need to review criteria used in determining secrecy orders related to national security. Click here for the letter.
June 1, 2012 - COGR Response to NIH on New Uses for Existing Molecules
COGR provided input to NIH/NCATS on discovering new therapeutic uses for existing molecules. Click here for the letter.
May 17, 2012 - DEC in Preclinical Drug Development Program Services for NCTT/NCATS
COGR has commented on proposed use of Determination of Exceptional Circumstances (DEC) in Preclinical Drug Develoment Program Services for the NIH Center for Translational Therapeutics (NCTT/NCATS). Click here for the letter.
May 15, 2012 - COGR June 2012 Meeting Agenda
COGR has published its June 2012 Meeting Agenda. Click here for the Agenda.
April 27, 2012 - COGR Letter to OMB on Grants Reform
COGR submitted its response to the OMB Advance Notice of Proposed Guidance on Grants Reform. Click here for the letter.
April 25, 2012 - Joint Letter on the DATA Act
COGR, AAU and APLU sent a joint letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Government Reform Committee on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA). Click here for the letter.