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The University of Texas System regularly signs on to letters to federal policymakers on issues related to higher education and health policy. The following are a selection of letters recently signed on to by the UT System:

  • Letter from Chancellors of Texas' University Systems Expressing Support for Patent Reform Efforts

We recognize that much work remains to curb abusive patent litigation. However, we believe that the steps you have taken in the PATENT Act go a long way towards addressing the legitimate concerns of patent holders seeking to enforce their intellectual property. It is also clear that you and your colleagues recognize the vital role that research universities play in our innovation society.  

Read the full letter here.


  • Letter from University Presidents Asking the President and Congress to Close the Innovation Deficit

Throughout our history, this nation has kept the promise of a better tomorrow to each generation.  This has been possible because of our economic prosperity based in large part on America’s role as global innovation leader. Failing to deal with the innovation deficit will pass to future generations the burdens of lost leadership in innovation, economic decline, and limited job opportunities.  

We call upon you to reject unsound budget cuts and recommit to strong and sustained investments in research and education.  Only then can we ensure that our nation’s promise of a better tomorrow endures.  

Read the full letter here.


  • Letter from Chancellors and Presidents of Texas' Institutions of Higher Education Asking Members of the Texas Delegation to be Mindful of the Impact of Sequestration on Colleges and Universities in Texas

Severe budget cuts could also impact the long-standing ability of higher education institutions to contribute to the robust Texas economy. While educating students is the primary mission of Texas’ higher education community, our institutions serve a number of other roles that contribute positively to our State’s economic and educational development.  

Read the full letter here.


  • Letter from the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Urging House and Senate Budget Conferees to Work Together on a Responsible FY 2014 Budget that Replaces Sequestration

Sequestration resulted in a $1.5 billion reduction in funding for NIH in FY 2013.  As a result, NIH estimates that it funded 650 fewer competitive research project grants, resulting in a historically low success rate of 17 percent.  Dr. Collins has summed up the repercussions of those numbers by saying, “I can’t say which of those grants would have led to the next breakthrough, or which investigator would be a Nobel Prize winner 20 years from now.” Moreover, sequestration’s cuts are following a decade where NIH has lost nearly one-fifth of its purchasing power after inflation, further threatening our nation’s position as the world leader in research and discovery.  

Read the full letter here.