NSF to governments: Science must be open, transparent, collaborative

Graduate students Erzsebet Vincent (left) and Paul Klimov (now at Google) investigate quantum bits in semiconductors at the University of Chicago’s (UChicago) Institute for Molecular Engineering. The institute is heading a new, nationwide graduate student training program for quantum science and engineering called Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network (QISE-Net), funded by the National Science Foundation.
Photo: National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation issued a statement admonishing governments that “endeavor to benefit from the global research ecosystem” and fail to uphold the agency’s values of openness, transparency and collaboration.

In the statement, NSF said:

“The values that have driven NSF and its global research partners for decades are openness, transparency, and reciprocal collaboration; these are essential for advancing the frontiers of knowledge.”

Actions NSF took to encourage governments to better cooperate with these values:

  • policy guidance for researchers on requirements to disclose foreign and domestic support
  • a study that will provide recommendations for NSF to better protect its merit review system and for grantee institutions to maintain balance between openness and security of scientific research
  • new policy requirement that NSF personnel employed can’t participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs “that may jeopardize the integrity of NSF’s mission and operations”

Statement on NSF’s commitment to secure, open international research collaboration.

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