Federal Priorities


As the 114th Congress meets, FIU's advocates have been busy protecting critical financial aid resources; advocating for our innovative and solutions-oriented research priorities; and celebrating our global reach in the nation’s capital.

2017 Federal Priorities

Education Policy

Financial Aid and Pell Grants:  Seek reinstatement of yearlong or “summer” Pell Grants and increase maximum award.

Graduate Medical Education (GME):  Seek fair and adequate funding of GME to increase residency slots in Florida.


  • Higher Education Act (HEA)

          Advocate for quick passage and measures that reward- and not punish- institutions that serve significant populations of low-income, high-potential, underrepresented minorities.

  • Immigration (I-SQUARED High Skilled Immigration)

          Support high-skilled immigration reform and other policies to ensure that the United States has access to the best and brightest talent in STEM fields from around the world.

  • Student Data Privacy Act

          Limit the selling of student information and targeted advertisements at students.


Research Priorities


Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) University Transportation Center (UTC):  Encourage the Department of Transportation to have one of the University Transportation Centers focus on Accelerated Bridge Construction to reduce the impact of on-site construction and produce long lasting bridges.

Bridge and Structure Product and Technology “Clearing House”: Facilitate implementation of new and advanced transportation infrastructure by establishing a clearing house for the testing and evaluation of new products and innovations.


U.S. Southern Command Open Source Research Initiative (OSRI) - Provide United States Southern Command with an academic research capability that fuses ground-level, open source political, economic, security, social, health, energy and environmental expertise with traditional intra-governmental analysis.

Highly Efficient Wireless Transmission of Power and Data – Promote FIU research and development on simultaneous highly efficient wireless transmission of power and data to enable simultaneous powering and communication of sensors for defense readiness and health needs.

Origami Reconfigurable Antennas – Enable the research and development of deployable and reconfigurable origami antenna systems, to enable tunable and reconfigurable antenna operation including frequency reconfiguration and beam-forming.


Interagency Sea Level Rise and Coastal Resiliency Initiative: Increase solutions-based research engagement with an interagency task force and encourage the appointment of an interagency lead to address the challenges facing the country’s most vulnerable, urban, flood-prone, coastal areas at risk of rising seas, exacerbated by violent storms or other hazards.

Extreme Events: Promote FIU research, expertise and state-of-the-art practices that replicate high-force windstorm impacts on buildings and test large, integrated models of such impacts to improve mitigation and reduce costs of severe natural events.

Strengthen NOAA Partnerships: Maintain positive working relationships with NOAA Administrator and key advisers, seek Minority Science Center with focus on Fisheries, and seek FIU NOAA Fellows program.


STEM Education Research: Promote FIU’s strengths in STEM Education and pursue competitive grant opportunities.

Cyber Security: Promote FIU strengths in security of cyber-physical systems, big data security, and testing of cyber defense technologies to federal and governmental partners.

Urban Solutions and Workforce

Increase placement of FIU students and alumni in federal agencies; support the continuation of the TIGER competitive grant program and promote collaborative educational and neighborhood-based initiatives.

ACCESS and Education Effect: Strengthen platforms that achieve new levels of educational success at K-12 and the college level.