Science policy news weekly update: May 5, 2017 ?>

Science policy news weekly update: May 5, 2017

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The ASBMB’s director of public affairs, Ben Corb, provides details on the FY17 omnibus spending package signed into law by President Trump today.

The deal is done

The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, provides information on the NIH’s plan to cap the number of active grants a PI can have.

NIH moves to cap the number of active grants a PI can have

 

Today, President Donald Trump signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill, preventing a government shutdown and keeping the government open and operating through the end of the 2017 fiscal year. Interestingly, Congress disregarded the massive funding cuts proposed by Trump in his previously released “skinny budget,” instead funding many programs that were at risk of losing funding under Trump’s proposal. Included in the spending bill is a $2 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health’s FY17 budget, giving the NIH its second $2 billion increase in as many years. This funding bill is being celebrated by the scientific community.

Trump signs spending bill to avoid shutdown (The Hill)

 

The $2 billion increase to the NIH’s budget in 2017 is merely a short fix. Only a few short months remain until the appropriations process for 2018 begins. While Congress’ willingness to increase NIH funding is encouraging, we cannot forget that the White House was pushing for a 20 percent cut. The scientific community must continue to band together and push for sustainable and increased funding for scientific research, as our health and well-being depends on it.

Science funding spared under congressional budget deal, but more battles ahead (Washington Post)

Congress boosts NIH budget for this year, but the real test comes in a few months (Washington Business Journal)

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