Science policy news weekly update: June 30, 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 $2 billion increase Congress gave the National Institutes of Health for fiscal 2017 was widely considered a victory for the bioscience community. However, despite two consecutive years of…

Science policy news weekly update: June 23, 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, provides an overview of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the National…

Science policy news weekly update: June 16, 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.   A new study, published in JCI Insight by a team at the University of Michigan, examined America’s standing as the global leader in biomedical research output and funding. The…

Science policy news weekly update: June 9, 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 the NIH’s plan to shelve the controversial grant funding cap policy and develop a new initiative to increase…

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…

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…

Science policy news weekly update: June 2, 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.   In his Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, President Donald Trump called for massive, unprecedented cuts to the National Institutes of Health, which could lead to the collapse of the…

Science policy news weekly update: May 26, 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, recaps this week’s U.S. House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing on how much of overhead costs for research…