House subcommittee proposes 2020 budget increase for NIH
The U.S. House appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, which would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health. If signed into law, the NIH budget will be $41.1 billion, 4% above FY19. Read more here.
National Academies OKs amendment to eject sexual harassers
In a 95–9 vote, with six abstaining, the National Academies governing council overwhelmingly approved an amendment to its code of conduct that would allow removal of sexual harassers from its membership. To formally change its code of conduct, its 2,380 members will vote on the amendment in June. The detailed removal process has yet to be determined. Read more here.
U.S. science adviser says he wants to cut bureaucracy in research
Kelvin Droegemeier, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, has been outspoken about his desire to remove red tape for researchers, who now spend more than 40%of their time on non-research-related activities. How exactly he plans to do that is unclear, but his vision is in line with President Donald Trump’s goal of reducing government waste. Read more here.
NIH to set term limits for intramural research leaders
The National Institutes of Health is set to next year begin term limiting its lab and branch chiefs, 74% of whom are men. A draft policy circulated in January indicated intramural research leaders at the Bethesda campus will serve at maxiumum three four-year terms. Some NIH employees are celebrating the plan as a means to increase diversity in leadership. Others believe term limits will arbitrarily remove effective leaders. Read more here.