STEM Opportunities Act - H.R.204 / S.2224

Overview
Purpose
"To direct the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to carry out programs and activities to ensure that Federal science agencies and institutions of higher education receiving Federal research and development funding are fully engaging their entire talent pool, and for other purposes."
Primary Sponsors
Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Frank Lucas (R-OK) / Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
Summary of Selected Provisions

Selected provisions in bill as introduced

  • Requires federal science agencies to collect demographic data on all grant applicants. The National Science Foundation would aggregate this data and report summary statistics biennially
  • Instructs agencies to implement policies for minimizing the impact of implicit bias in reviews of grant applications
  • Directs the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to issue guidance to agencies on policies for supporting principal investigators with caregiving responsibilities
  • Directs OSTP to issue guidance to universities and federal labs on best practices for addressing cultural and institutional barriers to recruiting and retaining STEM workers from underrepresented groups
  • Directs NSF to administer research grants to evaluate the data collected and policies implemented as a result of the act
Actions
Actions on the House bill
House passed bill
05/18/2021
Bill introduced
01/05/2021
Actions on the Senate bill
Bill introduced
06/24/2021
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