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Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century

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Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research

A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century (2016)
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This final report contains the full contents of Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century: Part 1, which was initially released as a separate publication.

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Research universities are critical contributors to our national research enterprise. They are the principal source of a world-class labor force and fundamental discoveries that enhance our lives and the lives of others around the world. These institutions help to create an educated citizenry capable of making informed and crucial choices as participants in a democratic society. However many are concerned that the unintended cumulative effect of federal regulations undercuts the productivity of the research enterprise and diminishes the return on the federal investment in research.

Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research reviews the regulatory framework as it currently exists, considers specific regulations that have placed undue and often unanticipated burdens on the research enterprise, and reassesses the process by which these regulations are created, reviewed, and retired. This review is critical to strengthen the partnership between the federal government and research institutions, to maximize the creation of new knowledge and products, to provide for the effective training and education of the next generation of scholars and workers, and to optimize the return on the federal investment in research for the benefit of the American people.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/21824.

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282 pages | 6 x 9
ISBNs:
  • Paperback: 978-0-309-37948-9
  • Ebook: 978-0-309-37951-9
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/21824
Contents

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xxii
Overarching Summary 1-18
1 Introduction 19-32
2 Partners in Research and Oversight 33-52
3 Federally Funded Research at Universities 53-58
4 Regulations and Policies Related to the Acquisition and Use of Federal Research Grants 59-84
5 Regulations and Policies Related to the Conduct of Research 85-116
6 Regulations and Policies Related to the Financial Management of Research Grants 117-134
7 A New Regulatory Framework for the Nation's Investment in Academic Research 135-150
8 Introduction 151-152
9 Ethical, Legal, and Regulatory Framework for Human Subjects Research 153-170
10 Reporting of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer 171-176
11 Research with Select Agents and Toxins 177-186
12 Export Controls 187-192
13 Operationalizing the New Regulatory Framework for the Federal Investment in Research Institutions 193-202
Appendix A: Biographical Information of Committee and Staff 203-218
Appendix B: Recommendations Table 219-232
Appendix C: Committee Meeting Agendas 233-242
Appendix D: Federal Obligations for Science and Engineering to the 100 Universities and Colleges Receiving the Largest Amounts 243-246
Appendix E: Federal Research and Development Spending 247-248
Appendix F: A Brief Primer on the Paperwork Reduction Act 249-252
Appendix G: The Grants Process at the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health 253-254
Appendix H: HHS and USDA Select Agents and Toxins 255-258
Appendix I: Report Briefings 259-260
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