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ASBMB Science Policy Analyst André Porter discusses the National Science Foundation Directorate for Biological Science’s announcement that it will eliminate proposal deadlines in 2018 for a majority of its grants. Read more here.
U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., introduced a bill that would change the formula used by the NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR for short, to help states with little federal research funding secure more research grants. The formula would use per-capita research dollars received by each state to determine eligibility, removing states like Vermont, Montana and Alaska from the list. States like Texas, Florida and Ohio would be now be eligible.
Does your state get its fair share of federal research dollars? (Science Magazine)
President Donald Trump tapped Eric Hargan as acting secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services. Hargan, who served in the HHS from 2003 to 2007 under President George W. Bush, replaced acting secretary Don Wright.