Science policy weekly roundup: May 17, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 17, 2019

Advocate for STEM education today

Join the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s advocacy campaign to increase support for and access to STEM education and training. Take a few minutes to urge your lawmakers to co-sponsor three bills that support STEM. Send letters now using our templates.

Four days left to apply for the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program

The deadline to submit your application for the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program is 5 p.m. Eastern on Monday, May 20. This six-month externship will give you the tools you need to become an advocate for science and to carry out advocacy activities in your community. Apply today.

Committee vote postponed on bill that would affect scientific review panels

A vote by a U.S. Senate committee on H.R. 1608 has been postponed in response to concerns that the bill would have detrimental effects on scientific review panels. As written, the bill would require all grant reviewers to be classified as special government employees, which would increase administrative burden on them and slow the review process. Read more here.

Proposed funding bill would give NSF $8.64 billion for FY2020

The U.S. House appropriations subcommittee on commerce, justice and science released a proposed funding bill that would give the National Science Foundation $8.64 billion for fiscal year 2020, which would be more than $561 million more than the fiscal 2019 budget. A hearing to debate and amend the bill is scheduled for today. Read more here.

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