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Science policy weekly roundup: Nov. 2, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: Nov. 2, 2018

 Register for webinar: Securing private funding for research This webinar, hosted by the ASBMB Public Affairs Department, will explore how you can obtain funding for basic research from private foundations. Topics include how to initiate and develop contacts with private foundations, how the application process differs from federal agencies, and the opportunities, limitations and challenges of securing private funding. The one-hour webinar will be Wednesday, Nov. 15, at noon EST. Register today.   Advocate spotlight: Meet T.L. Jordan, an advocate…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 31, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 31, 2018

Senate committee holds hearing on nomination of Kelvin Droegemeier to head OSTP Science Policy Analyst André Porter discusses last week’s U.S. Senate committee hearing to nominate Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Several senators asked the nominee about how he would ensure that scientific evidence would be taken seriously by the administration. Droegemeier, a meteorologist, also side-stepped questions regarding whether humans were responsible for climate change. Read more here.   Elizabeth Warren raises concern about…

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Science policy weekly roundup: August 24, 2018 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 24, 2018

  What do you think about NIH efforts to support next generation of researchers? The National Institutes of Health is proposing recommendations to support the next generation of researchers, and we at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology want to know what you think. We will collect your feedback and send it to the NIH. Submit your opinion and view a timeline of the ASBMB’s involvement here. U.S. Senate passes NIH appropriations bill In an 85-7 vote on…

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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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