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Science Policy Roundup: May 2, 2014 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: May 2, 2014

The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! The Science Policy Roundup features the week’s science policy news. The Policy Blotter has a new location but same great style. Be sure to follow the new site for the latest updates in the science policy world! The U.S. Senate appropriations committee highlighted scientific research in a hearing this week titled “Driving…

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Soliciting comments for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program ?>

Soliciting comments for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program

The Institute of Medicine panel tasked with reviewing the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences is asking for public input on the successes and failures of the program. The CTSA program makes grants to institutions that perform clinical and translational research and also train scientists in how to conduct this research. The program was one of the first programs to be included in NCATS when it was first created at the end…

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NIH outlines future of NCRR grants on the heels of NCATS creation ?>

NIH outlines future of NCRR grants on the heels of NCATS creation

The National Institutes of Health is moving full steam ahead with plans to establish the new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The NCATS formation represents the largest reorganization at the NIH in more than a decade, and NIH leadership is eager to bring this new center online. Transparency appears to be a key issue in the NCATS reorganization, possibly in response to the controversy raised over the seemingly hasty pace with which NIH moved to establish NCATS. Now that…

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Reorganizing as a result of NCATS approval has begun at NIH ?>

Reorganizing as a result of NCATS approval has begun at NIH

On Dec. 23, President Obama signed into law the FY12 omnibus appropriations bill that officially established the new National Institutes of Health center, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. NCATS will replace the National Center for Research Resources, and the NIH already has begun to put in motion plans to redistribute several programs originally housed in the NCCR. The first steps in the reorganization process were announced Wednesday with the establishment of two new divisions at the National Institute…

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FY12 appropriations bill passed and NCATS is officially established ?>

FY12 appropriations bill passed and NCATS is officially established

While many of us were getting a jump on the holiday weekend, President Obama signed the FY12 omnibus appropriations bill on Friday, Dec. 23. The bill set the FY12 funding levels for government agencies covered by the remaining nine appropriations bills, which included the National Institutes of Health. The bill also establishes a new NIH center, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences with a budget of $575 million for FY12. Even now that NCATS has its official seal of…

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FY12 Appropriations bill introduced in the House ?>

FY12 Appropriations bill introduced in the House

Late Wednesday evening, U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) announced the final nine FY12 appropriations bills had been combined into a large omnibus bill and introduced in the House. In addition to the nine appropriations bills, the legislation package includes a bill providing funding for disaster emergencies and a bill containing offsets for the disaster funding. Of particular interest to the research community, is the FY12 funding level for the National Institutes of Health. The bill provides…

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2012 Budget for NIH and NSF ?>

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2012 Budget for NIH and NSF

The past two weeks have seen tremendous activity in the Senate Appropriations Committee, particularly from subcommittees that control funding for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. On September 15, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice and Science subcommittee appropriations bill. The CJS subcommittee controls funding allocations for the National Science Foundation and set the FY12 NSF budget at $6.7 billion, 2.4%, or $162 million, lower than the level for FY11. Chairwoman, Sen….

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New NIH Center Mentioned in President’s Speech ?>

New NIH Center Mentioned in President’s Speech

On Saturday, September 17, President Obama gave at speech at Thomas Jefferson High School in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC while signing into law the America Invents Act, which among other things, restructured the nation’s patent process.  During his speech, President Obama said the following: “We live in a world that is changing so rapidly, companies like the ones represented here today, they can set up shop anywhere where there’s an Internet connection.  And if we want startups here…

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Sebelius Responds to Questions About NCATS ?>

Sebelius Responds to Questions About NCATS

Work by Nature has uncovered a letter written by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius about the creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. The letter, dated July 6, 2011, comes as a response to poignant questions from, Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., who back in June wrote a scathing letter to Sebelius, demanding information about the new center and pointing out his concerns with the failure of NIH to provide…

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Dr. Barbara Alving Resigns as NCRR Director ?>

Dr. Barbara Alving Resigns as NCRR Director

On Tuesday, August 16, Dr. Barbara Alving announced her resignation as the director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) effective October 1, 2011. Dr. Alving has served at NCRR since 2005, first as the acting director before being named director in 2007. One of Alving’s signature accomplishments was the development of the Clinical and Translation Science Awards (CTSA) program. Now in its sixth year, the CTSA program has provided funding to over 60 institutions…

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