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A long-anticipated guidance document released by the White House today aims to standardize implementation of research security policies across federal science agencies, including what categories of information scientists will be required to report when applying for grants.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has launched an “ideation challenge” to collect public input on ways to increase diversity in STEM fields.

Last week, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology heard testimony on potential strategies for promoting technology-based economic development and regional innovation.

Climate change, the pandemic, and emerging technology governance were major themes of President Biden’s first address to the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 21. Meanwhile, a series of high-level meetings have set the stage for more intense technology cooperation between the U.S. and partner nations.

President Biden announced the members of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology this week. The roster includes two former cabinet secretaries and has significant representation from the physical and biomedical sciences and areas such as climate and information technology.

The Biden administration is seeking to pump billions of dollars into research projects and infrastructure upgrades at minority-serving institutions, though so far Congress has advanced less ambitious spending plans.

In filling his administration’s science policy jobs, President Biden has now named nominees for all but a few top positions in the White House and federal agencies. That record roughly matches the pace set by most other presidents of the last half-century and is much faster than President Trump’s historically slow appointment process.

The Biden administration’s first annual list of R&D priorities includes an emphasis on bolstering pandemic preparedness and climate mitigation efforts, strengthening domestic manufacturing, and incorporating equity considerations across federal programs.

Speaking at an international conference this month, Secretary of State Tony Blinken said the Biden administration is aiming to build networks of technology-oriented partnerships with other democracies and that he is planning to build up the State Department’s ability to conduct “cyber and tech diplomacy.”

New reports written at the direction of President Biden review supply-chain vulnerabilities in semiconductors, high-capacity batteries, critical minerals and materials, and pharmaceuticals. They stress that support for innovation should be coupled strongly to domestic manufacturing incentives in order to bolster U.S. industry.