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Science policy weekly roundup: September 28, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: September 28, 2018

Where we’ve been: Attending the NSF BIO advisory meeting Science Policy Analyst André Porter provides an update from last week’s National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee meeting. NSF officials discussed several issues affecting the directorate, including the elimination of submission deadlines, efforts to support mid-career researchers, and recently released sexual harassment policies.  Read more here.   U.S. House passes funding bill to give NIH $2 billion boost The U.S. House voted Wednesday to pass a spending package…

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Where we’ve been: attending the September Biological Sciences Directorate advisory committee meeting ?>

Where we’ve been: attending the September Biological Sciences Directorate advisory committee meeting

  The National Science Foundation’s Biological Sciences directorate held its biannual advisory committee meeting this month.  Agency officials provided an update on the directorate’s elimination of submission deadlines, new efforts to support mid-career researchers, agency wide initiatives and plans for future investments. Highlights from the meeting are below. Update on elimination of deadlines for core programs The directorate has eliminated application deadlines for its core grants.  While the directorate has developed scenarios for how it will handle peer review, long-term…

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Science policy weekly update: April 6, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly update: April 6, 2018

White House discusses how to reduce funding from passed budget President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are looking to cut billions of dollars from the fiscal 2018 funding bill passed last month. Using a legislative tactic called a rescission resolution, the White House’s budget-reduction proposal would need the support of a majority of U.S. senators, which is unlikely to happen given that the Republicans hold the Senate majority by only one person. Trump also is seeking line-item veto power over…

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Where have we been? Attending the April 2018 NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting ?>

Where have we been? Attending the April 2018 NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting

  This week the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee convened to provide budget and programmatic updates. In May, Congress provided a modest increase to the NSF’s budget for FY18.  The proposed FY19 budget request would fund the agency at $7.47 billion, reducing the agency’s appropriation back to FY17 enacted amounts. Joanne Tornow, assistant director for the BIO directorate, updated the committee on NSF’s sexual harassment policy.  Under the developing policy the agency expects institutions to provide…

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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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Where Have We Been: Attending the Spring NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting ?>

Where Have We Been: Attending the Spring NSF BIO Advisory Committee Meeting

  The biannual Directorate for Biological Sciences Advisory Committee met this week to discuss goings-on in the BIO directorate and to highlight partnerships that align with the National Science Foundation’s new priorities. James Olds, assistant director for the BIO directorate, provided an update on the agency’s budget, its 10 big ideas framework, its relocation, and its progress on the National Ecological Observatory Network. Officials unveiled a portfolio-analysis tool that they’ll use to assess the BIO directorate’s research footprint within NSF…

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