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ASBMB opposes the FIRST Act ?>

ASBMB opposes the FIRST Act

The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2013 was introduced on Monday by Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. The FIRST Act is a reauthorization of the National Science Foundation and several other federal science agencies. The bill will be marked up by the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee tomorrow morning. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology opposes this bill. Starting with the High-Quality Research Act through the original version…

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What we’re watching in 2014: Peer review legislation ?>

What we’re watching in 2014: Peer review legislation

The last year was a difficult one for the National Science Foundation and their merit-review process for awarding grants. In April, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chair of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee held a hearing and sent a letter to acting NSF Director Cora Marrett questioning the validity of grants funded by the Foundation. Rep. Smith was also responsible for drafting the High Quality Research Act and the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act. Both…

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From COMPETES to FIRST: What you need to know about the NSF reauthorization legislation ?>

From COMPETES to FIRST: What you need to know about the NSF reauthorization legislation

Most Congressional committees are supposed to draft bills that set policy priorities and funding recommendations for the agencies under their jurisdiction. The bill authorizing the policy priorities of the National Science Foundation—the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010—expires this year. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology and the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology are tasked with reauthorizing the NSF in order to provide a clear direction for this and other agencies. Previous COMPETES bills…

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NIH statement on resuming activities after the shutdown ?>

NIH statement on resuming activities after the shutdown

The National Institutes of Health has issued an updated statement and Sally Rockey has posted a blog concerning the resumption of activities after the shutdown. Of note: Grant application deadlines that fell during the shutdown have been rescheduled to new November. R01 and K series grants will be due on Nov. 12. Other R series grants will be due Nov. 18. Applications already submitted just prior to or during the shutdown may be withdrawn and resubmitted prior to the November…

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The to-do list ?>

The to-do list

The government shutdown lasted 16 days and has caused significant problems for federally funded researchers. How quickly the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other funding agencies will be running at full strength. What actions will these agencies take to clear the backlog created by the shutdown? The NIH and NSF stated in their shutdown notices that grant applications should not be submitted during the shutdown. At the NIH, several deadlines passed during the shutdown—Oct. 5 for…

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Summer legislation and the scientific community ?>

Summer legislation and the scientific community

Today, Congress returns from their Memorial Day holiday. Much of the political news in the coming months will focus on scandals rather than legislation. However, Congress will be in session for the next two months with a brief break for Independence Day, and they are sure to do some legislating, right? Here is a preview of some of the policy issues we will be following during the D.C. summer. Immigration reform On May 21, the Senate Judiciary committee passed the…

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ASBMB meets with U.S. House staff to discuss peer review legislation ?>

ASBMB meets with U.S. House staff to discuss peer review legislation

On Tuesday, ASBMB Public Affairs Director Ben Corb attended a meeting with the staff members of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee that drafted the High Quality Research Act. The SST staff wanted to have a discussion with the scientific community to clear up misconceptions about the bill. The reality is that very little was clarified. Over 70 representatives of research organizations attended the meeting to ask questions of SST staff. SST staff indicated this version of the…

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The National Science Foundation responds to request for peer review information ?>

The National Science Foundation responds to request for peer review information

Peer review at the National Science Foundation has been the focus of recent inquiries from the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee. Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, had requested the notes of the peer reviewers and program officers pertaining to five grants awarded by the NSF. In a letter to NSF Acting Director Cora Marrett, Smith said he had “concerns regarding some grants approved by the Foundation and how closely they adhere to NSF’s ‘intellectual merit’ guideline.” President Obama, White…

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