Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued guidelines to federal research agencies on research security programs at certain universities and federally-funded research institutions.

To address risks posed by strategic competitors to the U.S. research and development (R&D) enterprise, the Biden-Harris Administration is implementing several measures to improve research security while preserving the openness that has long enabled U.S. R&D leadership and without exacerbating xenophobia, prejudice, or discrimination.

This memorandum provides federal research agencies with guidelines for implementing a certification requirement imposed by National Security Presidential Memorandum-33 (NSPM-33) and certain provisions of the CHIPS and Science Act. Specifically, federal research agencies must require certain research institutions to certify to a federal funding agency that the institution has established and operates a research security program. This memorandum describes and sets forth a standardized requirement for fulfilling these obligations.

The Guidelines for Research Security Programs at Covered Institutions can be found here.


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