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Updates from the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director’s December Meeting ?>

Updates from the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director’s December Meeting

  The National Institutes of Health’s Advisory Committee to the Director convened Dec. 13 to provide recommendations on the agency’s efforts to address foreign influences on research integrity, discuss the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative, and provide updates on policies to prevent and address sexual harassment. NIH director updates NIH Director Francis S. Collins discussed the agency’s budget and highlighted recent activities and discoveries. Collins addressed the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. Implemented in May, this regulation strengthens privacy…

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The ASBMB weighs in on data management and sharing policy ?>

The ASBMB weighs in on data management and sharing policy

  The National Institutes of Health is developing a policy for sharing and managing data produced by NIH-funded research.  Using the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable or FAIR principles developed by Mark D. Wilkinson  and colleagues, the NIH will increase access to scientific data produced from NIH funding and potentially improve the agency’s return on investment by facilitating its translation towards new studies, technologies and cures for diseases. The agency has asked the research community for input on the definition…

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NSF’s BIO Directorate reverses PI and co-PI proposal limits ?>

NSF’s BIO Directorate reverses PI and co-PI proposal limits

  On Nov. 15, Joanne Tornow, acting assistant director for the National Science Foundation’s biological sciences directorate, released a statement reversing a policy that implemented proposal limits for investigators applying for grants from the directorate’s core programs. This adjustment would not have occurred if the community had not advocated against the policy change. The now-reversed policy restricted investigators from serving as either lead or co-principal investigator on multiple grant proposals. While the limit included a number of exceptions, such as…

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Where we’ve been: attending the September Biological Sciences Directorate advisory committee meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the September Biological Sciences Directorate advisory committee meeting

  The National Science Foundation’s Biological Sciences directorate held its biannual advisory committee meeting this month.  Agency officials provided an update on the directorate’s elimination of submission deadlines, new efforts to support mid-career researchers, agency wide initiatives and plans for future investments. Highlights from the meeting are below. Update on elimination of deadlines for core programs The directorate has eliminated application deadlines for its core grants.  While the directorate has developed scenarios for how it will handle peer review, long-term…

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National Science Foundation releases new sexual harassment policy ?>

National Science Foundation releases new sexual harassment policy

  The National Science Foundation released a new policy on Sept. 21 to address sexual harassment by personnel working on NSF-funded projects. The policy requires grantee institutions to report to the NSF within 10 business days any findings related to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment or sexual assault by principal investigators and co-PIs on NSF-funded projects. Upon notification, the NSF will evaluate the safety of other personnel and any impact to NSF-funded activities. The NSF may then substitute or…

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Senate committee holds hearing on nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to head OSTP ?>

Senate committee holds hearing on nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to head OSTP

  On Aug. 23, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing to consider the nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to head the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Both the chair and ranking member of the committee Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., highlighted Droegemeier’s extensive experience, serving on the National Science Board, at the University of Oklahoma and as the Secretary of Science and Technology in Oklahoma. In a short…

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Episode 11 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available ?>

Episode 11 of “Pipettes and Politics” is available

  In the latest episode of the ASBMB science policy podcast, public affairs staff members provide updates on the fiscal year 2019 Labor Health and Human Services appropriations. Staff members also discuss the society’s August is for Advocacy annual campaign and recap the society’s response to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ request for input on how to increase faculty diversity. Mary Woolley, president and chief executive officer for Research!America, joins the podcast to discuss the importance of science…

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Where we’ve been: Attending the Spring National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the Spring National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council meeting

  Last month, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s advisory council met to discuss changes to the institute’s programs and efforts to increase transparency in its funding strategy.  In addition, the meeting included presentations on the institute’s implementation of research mandates for targeted muscular dystrophy research and updates on the institute’s intramural program. Highlights from the meeting are below. Walter Koroshetz, director of the NINDS, presented on the institute’s funding allocations. Because of recent increases to the National…

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Episode 9 of “Pipettes and Politics” is now available ?>

Episode 9 of “Pipettes and Politics” is now available

Episode 9 of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology science policy podcast, “Pipettes and Politics,” is available. The ASBMB public affairs staff provides an update on the fiscal year 2019 appropriations, the ASBMB August is for Advocacy campaign, and the progress of the ASBMB Advocacy Training Program. Staff also analyze the recent National Academies report on graduate STEM education for the 21st century. Listen to this episode on Soundcloud, iTunes or Stitcher. References: Request for Information (RFI): Strategies for Enhancing Postdoctoral Career…

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Where we’ve been? Attending the May 2018 National Science Board Meeting ?>

Where we’ve been? Attending the May 2018 National Science Board Meeting

  This month, the National Science Board convened to review multiple initiatives from the National Science Foundation. The board discussed the NSF’s activities to support the skilled technical workforce, provided an update on appropriations, unveiled the agency’s new stewardship model and presented plans to generate new research ideas. Supporting the skilled technical workforce For the past year, the board has been conducting a number of listening sessions to better understand the United States’ skilled technical workforce.  Early in the life…

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