President Clinton Strengthens the Federal Government-University Research Partnership
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                     Contact: (202)
December 29, 2000


     President Clinton today signed an Executive Order that will strengthen
the scientific research partnership between the Federal government and
American universities.  It establishes ten principles that will provide the
basis for the development and analysis of future Federal policies, rules,
and regulations for the research collaboration.

     The compact between government and universities aimed at advancing
science and technology in the national interest goes back well over a
century, when the Land Grant universities were founded.  In the last 50
years, this partnership has become the core of our world-class science and
technology enterprise

     "More than any other nation in the world, we rely on a partnership
between our government and our public and private research universities to
conduct research that improves our economy, health, and national security,
while also training our future science and technology workforce," President
Clinton said.  "It is vital that this partnership be equitable and
effective to sustain U.S. leadership across the frontiers of scientific

     President Clinton directed the National Science and Technology Council
on April 27, 1999 to "develop a statement of principles that clearly
articulates the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of each of the
partners and establishes a framework for addressing future issues as they
arise."  The principles set forth by this Executive Order represent the
first time that the basic goals and rationale of the partnership have been
articulated to guide policy in a consistent way across all Federal
agencies.  Additionally, the Office of Science and Technology is required
to consult with all stakeholders and conduct a regular review of the state
of the partnership and make recommendations to ensure its continued


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