FYI: Science Policy News
116th Congress
Safeguarding American Innovation Act
A bill to strengthen the security and integrity of the United States scientific and research enterprise.
Summary of Selected Provisions

Selected provisions in bill as amended in committee

  • Changes the definition of “outside compensation” that must be reported to “any compensation, resource, or support regardless of monetary value made available to the applicant in support of or related to any research endeavor, including, but not limited to, a title, research grant, cooperative agreement, contract, institutional award, access to a laboratory, or other resource, including, but not limited to, materials, travel compensation, or work incentives”

Selected provisions in the bill as introduced

  • Creates a Federal Research Security Council led by the White House Office of Management and Budget, with the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the lead science advisor
  • Tasks the council with developing uniform grant application policies for science agencies, issuing guidance and warnings about security risks, and implementing a process for “identifying persons participating in federally funded R&D or that have access to nonpublic federally funded information, data, research findings, and R&D grant proposals”
  • Adds criminal penalties for federal grant applicants that falsify documents or fail to disclose any sources of “outside compensation,” defined as “any compensation that is not received from the primary employer of an individual”
  • Provides the State Department new grounds to deny visas to certain applicants. These include an applicant’s “past or likely employment or cooperation” with rival military or security organizations, institutions involved in the theft of U.S. research or export control violations, or a “government that seeks to undermine the integrity and security of the U.S. research community”
  • Requires J-1 visa sponsors to disclose to the State Department whenever an exchange visitor will have access to controlled technology or technical data regulated by export control laws and provide a plan for preventing the unauthorized release of such material
  • Requires universities to report all foreign gifts and contracts valued at $50,000 or more, down from the current threshold of $250,000
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  • 06/18/2020
    Introduced in Senate