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…

Science policy news weekly update: May 19, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. What’s new in Blotter news? The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, discusses this week’s oversight hearing held by the House Labor, Health and Human Services and Education subcommittee regarding advances…

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…

Science policy news weekly update: May 12, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. This week, President Donald Trump welcomed 27 U.S. biomedical research leaders to the Oval Office for a closed-door summit. During the nearly two-hour-long meeting, leaders from academia, the biotech industry…

Science policy news weekly update: May 5, 2017

The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. The ASBMB’s director of public affairs, Ben Corb, provides details on the FY17 omnibus spending package signed into law by President Trump today. The deal is done The ASBMB’s policy…

The deal is done

Today, President Donald Trump signed into law an omnibus spending package funding the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year.  The package, drafted by congressional leaders, largely rejected the president’s FY17 spending recommendations, which proposed a $1.2 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health and a $350 million cut to the National…

NIH moves to cap the number of active grants a PI can have

  This week, the National Institutes of Health announced a proposed policy change that will limit the number of extramural grants that NIH-funded researchers can be involved in.  This new policy, estimated to affect 6 percent of NIH-funded investigators, will potentially free up funds to support 1,600 new R01 or equivalent awards. Francis Collins, director…

Science policy news weekly update: April 28, 2017

  The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Department encourages all readers of the Policy Blotter to alert the office about interesting and relevant articles. Please send tips to astothert@asbmb.org. The ASBMB’s policy analyst, André Porter, discusses the launch of the ASBMB’s new Grassroots Science Advocacy Network. The March for Science is over. What now? Porter also provides a…

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…

The March for Science is over. What now?

  ASBMB launches Grassroots Science Advocacy Network This weekend, champions for science across the world organized in an unprecedented way to advocate for the importance of scientific research, education and funding. .@ASBMB members are at #ScienceMarch showing support for evidence-based policy decisions and sci workforce diversity & inclusion. #ExpBio pic.twitter.com/LyJnqNUKcJ — ASBMB (@ASBMB) April 22,…