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…

NIH shelves GSI policy and introduces something new

  This week, Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, declared that the biomedical research funding agency no longer plans to implement the controversial Grant Support Index.  Instead, Collins and Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director of the NIH, announced that the agency will launch the Next Generation of Researchers Initiative to support early…

Trump keeps Collins as Director of the NIH

On Tuesday, the White House announced President Donald Trump’s reappointment of Francis S. Collins as director of the National Institutes of Health for the next four years. Collins has been director since 2009. In a statement, Collins said, “I am grateful for the president’s vote of confidence in my ability to continue to lead this…

ASBMB responds to proposed Grant Support Index

  Earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health announced the proposed Grant Support Index.  The proposal seeks to help distribute research dollars in a more equitable manner by imposing limits on the number of NIH awards with which an investigator can be involved.  In response, the ASBMB sent a letter to leadership at the…

House Appropriations Committee hearing: advances in biomedical research

  This week, the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education subcommittee held an oversight hearing on advances in biomedical research at the National institutes of Health.  Witnesses included Francis Collins, director of NIH, as well as directors from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute…

The deal is done

Today, President Donald Trump signed into law an omnibus spending package funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year.  The package, drafted by congressional leaders, largely rejected the president’s FY17 spending recommendations, which proposed a $1.2 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health and a $350 million cut to the National…

NIH moves to cap the number of active grants a PI can have

  This week, the National Institutes of Health announced a proposed policy change that will limit the number of extramural grants that NIH-funded researchers can be involved in.  This new policy, estimated to affect 6 percent of NIH-funded investigators, will potentially free up funds to support 1,600 new R01 or equivalent awards. Francis Collins, director…

The NIH provides preprint reporting guidelines

  The National Institutes of Health Last week released a notice that clarifies how investigators will cite and attribute preprint and interim research products in funding applications and grant reports.  The new policy provides definitions of terms, guidelines for citation and attribution, and research data repository specifications. While definitions for preprints and interim products have existed for…