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Science Policy Updates

Looking for highlights from this week in science policy? This page features selections from the AAAS Policy Alert, a weekly e-newsletter which provides an inside look at policies affecting science and technology and the S&T community. AAAS Members receive the AAAS Policy Alert as one of their member benefits. At any time, our members can manage their preferences to receive this and other newsletters via AAAS My ProfileOnce logged in select Edit My Contact Information, and go to Contact Preferences to access the Email Preferences.


Policy Alert

September 21, 2022



Tuesday, October 4

The AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (EPI Center) will be holding a webinar titled “Advances in PFAS Destruction” on Tuesday, October 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. ET. Expert panelists will share the scientific evidence related to current and emerging technologies on PFAS destruction to support decision-makers in their state or community.



White House Executive Order on Foreign Investments

On September 15, President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) revising the foreign investment reviewing process conducted by the Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). The updated policy serves as an opportunity to be “responsive to an evolving national security landscape and the nature of the investments that pose related risks to national security.” It directs the White House Office of Science and Technology to “publish a list of technology sectors …. that it assesses are fundamental to United States technological leadership in areas relevant to national security.” The EO is part of the administration’s innovation and national security strategy outlined in remarks by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan at a Global Emerging Technologies Summit.

NIH Launches Bridge2AI

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched the Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (Bridge2AI) program, which “is assembling team members from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to generate tools, resources, and richly detailed data that are responsive to AI approaches. At the same time, the program will ensure its tools and data do not perpetuate inequities or ethical problems that may occur during data collection and analysis.” The program is an NIH-wide effort managed by the NIH Common Fund, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the National Eye Institute, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and the National Library of Medicine.



Historical R&D Tables — AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program

These data tables have been a consistent resource for anyone interested in performing their own R&D analysis, and they are currently being updated with 2022 data. Watch for additional files and figures to be added this week.