White House Seeks Input on U.S. Research Environment

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), of which NCFR is a member, has shared a request for information (RFI) on the research environment issued by the U.S. Executive Branch's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Comments will be used to inform the work of the Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE), a committee of the National Science and Technology Council. As COSSA has previously reported, JCORE was established in May 2019 and comprises four subcommittees: (1) Research Rigor and Integrity; (2) Coordinating Administrative Requirements for Research; (3) Research Security; and (4) Safe and Inclusive Research Environments.

COSSA has been participating in JCORE events over the last few months on behalf of the social and behavioral science community, including a White House Summit in November, and is following its work very closely. The JCORE effort may result in new policies and guidelines across these four areas, making it even more important that the social science research community weighs in.

The request asks for information on actions that federal agencies can take, working in partnership with private industry, academic institutions, and non-profit/philanthropic organizations, to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the U.S. research environment across JCORE's four main areas.

Comments are due by 11:59 pm ET on Jan. 28, 2020. If your organization responds to the RFI, please share your response with COSSA.

Comments can be submitted here.