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White House releases 2020 budget request ?>

White House releases 2020 budget request

This week, President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 2020 budget request. The proposal, titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First” outlines $4.75 trillion to fund the federal government for FY 2020 which begins on Oct. 1. The proposed budget is in-line with the 2011 Budget Control Act.  This law places requirements on Congress to address the nation’s debt limit and avoid default through budget sequestration. The request calls for over $2.7 trillion in spending cuts…

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Where we’ve been: attending the January NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the January NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The National Institute of General Medical Sciences Advisory Council convened Jan. 25 to reissue funding announcements for existing programs, propose new funding opportunities and provide a report on the evaluation of the institute’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship. Highlights from the meeting are below. NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch discussed a new initiative to create accelerator hubs in states that have received grants through the Institutional Development Awards program. This initiative will seek to improve…

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Apply for the ASBMB student/postdoc Capitol Hill Day ?>

Apply for the ASBMB student/postdoc Capitol Hill Day

  The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is now accepting applications for its annual Student/Postdoc Capitol Hill Day! Every year, the ASBMB brings trainees from across the country to meet with their congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. This fully funded opportunity gives trainees the chance to promote scientific research by directly interacting with policymakers. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10. The event will be March 27–29. Arriving on Wednesday, March 27, attendees will take part in an…

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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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