Senate appropriations bills provide a boost to DOE’s office of Science and a cut to NSF in 2018

  The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved two draft funding bills for fiscal 2018 that conflict with appropriation bills proposed by the House earlier this month.  The House Appropriations Committee proposed flat funding for the National Science Foundation research programs and Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The Senate, however, is seeking to provide a…

Science policy news weekly update: July 14, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. This week, the House Labor Health and Human Services Appropriations subcommittee released a draft fiscal 2018 spending bill, which included a $1.1 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health.…

Agencies avoid major hit in 2018 draft House appropriations bill

  This week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released three draft appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018 for a variety of agencies, including those related to science.  The drafts include reductions in discretionary funds over 2017 levels. While the committee recommends funding most of the National Science Foundation’s programs at fiscal 2017 levels, rejecting proposed…

Science policy news weekly update: July 7, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. President Donald Trump called for significant cuts to key science funding agencies in his 2018 budget proposal. However, almost immediately after its release, there was bipartisan opposition from lawmakers against…

Science policy news weekly update: June 30, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org.   The $2 billion increase Congress gave the National Institutes of Health for fiscal 2017 was widely considered a victory for the bioscience community. However, despite two consecutive years of…

Science policy news weekly update: June 23, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, provides an overview of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the National…

Science policy news weekly update: June 16, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org.   A new study, published in JCI Insight by a team at the University of Michigan, examined America’s standing as the global leader in biomedical research output and funding. The…

Science policy news weekly update: June 9, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, discusses the NIH’s plan to shelve the controversial grant funding cap policy and develop a new initiative to increase…

NIH shelves GSI policy and introduces something new

  This week, Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, declared that the biomedical research funding agency no longer plans to implement the controversial Grant Support Index.  Instead, Collins and Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director of the NIH, announced that the agency will launch the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative to support early…