Science Policy news weekly update: August 14, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB has been providing feedback to the National Institutes of Health regarding its Next Generation Researchers Initiative. The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative   Science Policy Analyst Andre Porter discusses the White House memo with its priorities for research and development to guide…

The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative

Update 8/21/2017: The NIH recently named the following individuals to their working group: Co-chairs: Jose Florez, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD, Principal Deputy Director at NIH. The rest of the working group comprises of 14 other members, including 8 university research faculty, two postdoctoral fellows, and directors…

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…