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ASBMB provides feedback on latest NIGMS proposal to increase diversity ?>

ASBMB provides feedback on latest NIGMS proposal to increase diversity

  In August, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences requested feedback from the scientific community on the potential impacts of changing the funding vehicle for some of the institute’s undergraduate and predoctoral diversity programs.  The institute is seeking to support a broader swath of students by moving its undergrad diversity programs, which use the research education code (R25), to training grants (T32 or T34).  Training grants allow grantees to extend tuition support to undergraduate students, which is not possible…

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NSF’s BIO directorate to eliminate deadlines in 2018 ?>

NSF’s BIO directorate to eliminate deadlines in 2018

  The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences announced last week that the majority of its research funding programs will be eliminating proposal deadlines in 2018. The BIO Directorate has chosen to discontinue current solicitations that include deadlines and the preliminary-proposal mechanism used in the Division of Environmental Biology and the Division of Integrated Organismal Systems by the end of this year.  NSF-wide and cross-directorate programs that are co-managed in BIO, however, will continue to have deadlines moving forward….

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President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments ?>

President Trump’s first STEM education memo avoids increased federal funding by securing short-term private investments

  This week, President Donald Trump released a memorandum to increase access to high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.   The memo directs the secretary of education to prioritize $200 million per year to promote STEM and computer-science instruction at the state level through the agency’s existing grant programs. The memo’s focus on STEM and computer-science education comes at a shock to many who have viewed the administration as one that ignores the importance of STEM to the future of…

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

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

  The last National Institute of General Medical Sciences advisory council meeting of 2017 was held Sept. 14-15 with an open session Sept. 15.  The council meeting was led by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and covered collaborations across the National Institutes of Health, program updates and recent events hosted by the institute. Highlights from the meeting are below. You can watch a recording of the open session here, and we’re including timestamps on our highlights for your quick reference. 05:56 –…

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Where we’ve been: Attending the September NIH Council of Councils meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: Attending the September NIH Council of Councils meeting

  Last week, the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Councils met to discuss program updates and policy changes across the agency. Highlights from the meeting are below. You can watch a recording of the meeting here, and we’re including timestamps on our highlights for your quick reference. 1:11:53 – Three ongoing studies of the NIH’s grant-review process, meant to evaluate the impact of implicit biases in proposal reviews, were presented. The studies are looking at how racial and gender…

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Where we’ve been? attending the National Science Board summer meeting ?>

Where we’ve been? attending the National Science Board summer meeting

  Last week, the National Science Board met to discuss policies and initiatives at the National Science Foundation. The meeting provided updates on NSF’s budget process and a number of reports being produced by the agency.  Highlights from the meeting are below. The committee on strategy provided an update for the FY18 budget process. As we covered here, both the U.S. House and Senate have put forth appropriations for the National Science Foundation that are ready for floor action.  Both…

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President Trump releases his research and development priorities for FY19 ?>

President Trump releases his research and development priorities for FY19

  This week, President Donald Trump released his first memorandum of research and development priorities that will be used by federal funding agencies to draft budget requests for the next fiscal year.  Trump’s priorities include R&D that increases American military superiority, security, prosperity, energy dominance and health. Trump encouraged agencies to reallocate existing commitments to accommodate his priorities without spending more money. This memo suggests that while the federal government should invest in early stage basic and applied research, the…

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Senate appropriations bills provide a boost to DOE’s office of Science and a cut to NSF in 2018 ?>

Senate appropriations bills provide a boost to DOE’s office of Science and a cut to NSF in 2018

  The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved two draft funding bills for fiscal 2018 that conflict with appropriation bills proposed by the House earlier this month.  The House Appropriations Committee proposed flat funding for the National Science Foundation research programs and Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The Senate, however, is seeking to provide a slight cut and increase, respectively. Under the budgets put forth by the Senate Appropriations Committee, the NSF would receive $7.3 billion and the Department of…

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Agencies avoid major hit in 2018 draft House appropriations bill ?>

Agencies avoid major hit in 2018 draft House appropriations bill

  This week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released three draft appropriations bills for fiscal year 2018 for a variety of agencies, including those related to science.  The drafts include reductions in discretionary funds over 2017 levels. While the committee recommends funding most of the National Science Foundation’s programs at fiscal 2017 levels, rejecting proposed cuts by the Trump administration, it does, however, propose reducing appropriations for the foundation’s nonresearch activities.  Additionally, the National Institutes of Health would see an…

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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing: Review of the FY18 NIH budget request ?>

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing: Review of the FY18 NIH budget request

  This week, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcommittee held a budget request hearing for the National institutes of Health for fiscal 2018.  Witnesses included Francis Collins, director of NIH, as well as directors from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Aging, the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. U.S. Sen….

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