We Protect the Right to Conduct Research Freely

Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth.

Academic researchers face many obstacles, including a lack of funding for research that does not serve corporate interests, strings attached to funding, and conflicts over ownership of research products. Today, those problems are compounded by a campaign of harassment against researchers in politically charged fields such as climate change, and an administration in the White House that is determined to suppress research findings in these areas and to reduce government funding for research.

Research, and the publication of its results, serves the common good.  Join us in defending it.

I’ve faced hostile investigations by politicians, demands that I be fired from my job, threats against my life, and even threats against my family. One thing is different now than when I faced similar attacks nearly a decade ago: a very rapid and concerted pushback against the disinformation and misinformation. I am heartened by the strong response that faculty have taken against some of the most dangerous elements of this new watchlist and science-denying culture.
Michael Mann, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University

Protect the Right to Conduct Research Freely

Freedom in research is fundamental to the advancement of truth. In an increasingly divisive political environment research funding comes with more strings attached and faces hostile cuts. Sign on to get updates and material to guide your fight.

When you sign up, you'll get a packet that includes a Statement on Corporate Funding of Research, an update on the AAUP's work to protect climate scientists' research records, and Recommended Principles for Faculty Handbooks and Collective Bargaining Agreements to Guide Academy-Industry Relationships.

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A selection of work on protecting the right to research freely.