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Upcoming Webinars and Discussion Sessions

September 3:  Safeguarding Your Research Institution

Past Webinars and Discussion Sessions

August 18:  Foreign Influence and Research Security:  The Challenges Continue

August 26: Striking the Balance:  Maintaining Research Security in a Collaborative World (Discussion Session)

Science and Security in the News

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 9/8/20:  U.S. Turns Up Heat on Colleges’ Foreign Ties (The Chronicle)

8/25/20:  Chinese Diplomats Helped Military Scholars Visiting the U.S. Evade FBI Scrutiny, U.S. Says (Wall Street Journal) 

8/24/20:  Texas professor and NASA researcher arrested on charges related to China’s Talents Program (DOJ Press Release) 

8/20/20:  How China Targets Scientists via Global Network of Recruiting Stations (Wall Street Journal) 

8/19/20:  COVID-19, visas, Trump: International students turning away from US colleges for lots of reasons (USA Today) 

8/14/20:  U.S. Requires Confucius Institute Center to Register as Foreign Mission (New York Times)

8/11/20:  Stanford and Fordham swept up in Education Department investigation into Chinese influence (Washington Examiner)

8/6/20:  Global disputes affect foreign scientists. We need community support (Science)

8/5/20:  US Lawmakers Ask 6 Top Universities to Hand Over Records of Foreign Donations (Voices of America) 

8/4/20:  Trump issues executive orders against TikTok and WeChat, citing national security concerns (Washington Post)

7/31/20:  How DOJ uses legal action to target China over alleged espionage (PBS News Hour) 

7/30/20:  Why are U.S. institutions working with scientists linked to China’s military modernization? (Washington Post, Opinion) 

7/24/20: Visiting Researchers With China Ties Charged With Visa Fraud (Inside Higher Ed)

7/23/20:  Research security bill advances in U.S. Senate despite opposition from research groups (Science)

7/22/20: How to Safeguard American Science (Forbes, APLU President M. Peter McPherson)

7/22/20: Indicted Researcher Accused of Hiding Chinese Military Ties (Inside Higher Ed) 

7/22/20:  China Vows Retaliation After U.S. Shutters Houston Consulate (1) (Bloomberg Law) 

7/16/20:  Protecting U.S. Biomedical Intellectual Innovation (NIH) 


Updated May 2020: University Actions to Address Concerns about Security Threats and Undue Foreign Government Influence on Campus (APLU, AAU)

Archived Articles


COGR Papers and Comment Letters

9/1/20:  COGR Joins Multi-Association Letter Expressing Concern about DOD and the CMMC Accreditation Body

3/11/20:   COGR Submits Follow Up Letter to Department of Education on Section 117 Reporting

1/27/20:  COGR's Response to JCORE RFI

1/14/20: COGR Releases Framework for Review of Individual Global Engagements in Academic Research

12/5/19: COGR Releases Commentary on Disclosing Other Support and Other Resources in Research Funded by NIH

11/4/19:  COGR Submits Comments to Dept. of Education on Section 117 Reporting

8/2/19:   COGR Submits Joint Association Response to NIST on Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information

7/12/19:  Joint Association Response Letter to Dept. of Education on Section 117 Reporting

5/30/19:  COGR, Other Associations and Universities Letter of Support for the Securing American Science and Technology Act


COGR Meeting Presentations & Reports

June 2020:         Update on Section 117 Reporting Requirements

                           Foreign Influence on Research:  Handling Cross-Cutting Issues  Part 1      Part 2

                           June Meeting Report (pp. 10-15)

February 2020:  Framework for Review of Individual Global Engagements in Academic Research

                            Department of Education Section 117 Reporting

                            Research Security and Intellectual Property Committee Report

                            February Meeting Report (pp. 3-5)

October 2019:   Science & Security: Varying Perspectives

                           The China Initiative

                           October Meeting Report (pp. 3-7)

June 2019:        Strengthening the U.S. Research Environment

                          Science, Security and Foreign Interference

                          Science & Security Effective Practices (APLU)

                          June Meeting Report (pp. 3-9)


COGR Updates

September 2020 Update

     Section 117 Developments (UPDATE)

     Prohibitions on Telecommunication Equipment and Services Raise Concerns (UPDATE)

     DOE to Clarify Scope of Order 142.3A (UPDATE)

     Cybersecurity (CMMC) Developments (UPDATE)

     State Dept. Sends Letter to University Governing Boards (NEW)

     Commerce/BIS Issues ANPRM on Foundational Technologies (NEW)

     NIH Webpage Protecting U.S. Biomedical Intellectual Innovation (NEW)

     Interview with HHS OIG (NEW)

     COGR Survey on Institutional Disclosure Practices (UPDATE)

     Science and Security Legislative Update (UPDATE)

May 2020 Update

     Department of Education Issues Final Section 117 Reporting Requirements (UPDATE)

     Republican Congressmen Write to ED on 117, Citing Foreign Influence Concerns (NEW)

     Other China-Related Congressional Activities (NEW)

     Senators to Introduce “Safeguarding American Innovation” Act (NEW)

February 2020 Update

     COGR Releases Framework for Reviewing Global Engagements (NEW)

     Update on Disclosure of Other Resources for NIH and NSF Proposals (UPDATE)

     Revised DoEd Section 117 Reporting Requirements Withdrawn; New Requirements Issued UPDATE) 

     Follow Up to Senate Hearing on Chinese Threats to U.S. R&D and CIS Conference (NEW)

     Transportation of Research Materials (UPDATE)

December 2019 Update

     Section 117 Proposed Reporting Requirements - Update

     JASON Fundamental Research Security Report - NEW

September 2019 Update

    Foreign Influence and Research Security

    COGR Comments on NIST Enhanced Security Requirements for CUI - Update

    Additional Huawei Affiliates Added to Commerce “Entity List” - Update

May 2019 Update

     Foreign Influence


Other Resources

Science and Security Resource Document (AAU, Updated)

Bridging Science and Security (AAAS) 

Science and Security Project Initiatives (APLU) (6/1/20)

NSF Jason Report "Protecting Research and Facilitating Collaboration" (12/11/19)

American Council on Education Submits Comment Letter to Dept. of Education on Section 117 Reporting (11/15/19)

Letter to the United States Research Community from White House OSTP Director Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier (9/16/19)

FAQs - Other Support and Foreign Components (NIH) (8/6/19)

NOT-OD-19-114 Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies Related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components (7/10/19)

Statement on National Security Oversight Opportunities and Policy Solutions (AAU) (6/4/19)

H.R. 3038 Securing American Science and Technology Act 2019 (5/30/19)

Actions Taken by Universities to Address Science and Security Concerns (AAU & APLU) (4/22/19)