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Science Policy news weekly update: August 26, 2017 ?>

Science Policy news weekly update: August 26, 2017

  What’s new in Blotter news? Science Policy Analyst Andre Porter attended the National Science Board summer meeting this week. Read his summary of the meeting below: Where we’ve been: attending the National Science Board summer meeting My previous entry regarding the National Institute of Health’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative was updated to include the names of scientists assigned to the working group. The ASBMB provides feedback regarding the NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative   In an interview, U.S. Senate Majority…

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Science Policy news weekly update: August 14, 2017 ?>

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 federal funding. President Trump releases his research and development priorities for FY19   A recent National Academies of Science report stated that the American biomedical…

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

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 of two NIH institutes. The individual members can be found at the NIH webpage. — Shortly after rescinding the Grant Support Index, the National Institutes 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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NIH shelves GSI policy and introduces something new ?>

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 and mid-career investigators. The GSI, which was proposed in early May, drew a firestorm of feedback, both positive and negative, from the scientific community.  The…

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Trump keeps Collins as Director of the NIH ?>

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 great agency.” The news quickly garnered widespread bipartisan support from members of Congress. Chairman of the U.S. Senate health committee, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the…

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Where have we been? Attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting ?>

Where have we been? Attending the NIGMS advisory council meeting

  The second quarterly NIGMS council meeting of 2017 was held May 25-26 with an open session on the 26th.  The council meeting was led by NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch and covered upcoming NIH program/policy changes and events. Highlights from the meeting are below. Lorsch presented an overview of the proposed Grant Support Index, which was announced May 2.  This new policy will effectively cap the number of awards an investigator can be involved in by imposing a scoring system…

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ASBMB responds to proposed Grant Support Index ?>

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 NIH voicing concerns and providing recommendations. Specifically, concerns addressed in the letter include: Using “points” as a proxy for grant dollars will create unintended inequities….

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House Appropriations Committee hearing: advances in biomedical research ?>

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 of Mental Health, National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.