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Policy Alert

May 18, 2022


Congress Meets To Begin Conference Negotiation on Innovation Bill

The conference committee, comprised of 107 members of Congress from both the House and the Senate, met last week to begin negotiations on the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) and the House’s America COMPETES Act. The conference committee is tasked with reconciling differences between the bills, which will culminate in a conference report. Each member had the opportunity to speak about their priorities for this legislation.

House Introduces Human Trafficking R&D Bill

Last week, House Science, Space and Technology Committee members introduced the Counter Human Trafficking Research and Development Act (H.R. 7710). The bill would create a White House initiative to develop anti-trafficking technologies and enhance scientific understanding of the issue.


NIH Releases Data Sharing Policy Resources

The NIH has announced new resources designed to help prepare stakeholders for the implementation of the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy on January 25, 2023. One is a guide to informed consent for research involving data and biospecimens, and the other is a draft guidance on protecting the privacy of research participants. Public comments will be accepted on the latter through June 27.

NIH Announces New Authority To Address Harassment

Last week NIH announced it would implement a provision in the final appropriations package for FY 2022 that mandates the NIH director to require NIH-funded institutions to report to NIH “when individuals identified as principal investigator or as key personnel in an NIH notice of award are removed from their position or are otherwise disciplined due to concerns about harassment, bullying, retaliation, or hostile working conditions.” The new policy will take effect on July 8.


US–EU Council Releases New Policies To Support Economic and Technology Collaboration

The United States and European Union joint council on Trade and Technology released a suite of initiatives and policies to direct new and ongoing economic and technology cooperation. The introduced policies highlight the need for a mechanism for standardized information sharing, preemptive semiconductor investments, evaluation and measurement tools for artificial intelligence, and a U.S.-EU guide for cybersecurity. The recommendations also highlight Russian aggression and how the U.S. and EU can combat disinformation and food insecurity due to the war. Read the council’s joint statement here.