NSF Committee Discusses Grant Portfolio and Interdisciplinary Research

The Advisory Committee for the Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently received an update about a new agency-wide portfolio analysis tool, grant mechanisms, and interdisciplinary research projects. During sessions held at NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA on April 25 and 26, visiting committee members heard from agency staff about ongoing… Read More »

NIH Announces New Plans to Optimize Distribution of Grant Funding

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) unveiled on May 2 plans for a new policy designed to optimize distribution of grant funds across the research community. It will be implemented later this year. In a teleconference, Dr. Larry Tabak, DDS, PhD, the agency’s Principal Deputy Director,  noted that several key grants policy changes were put… Read More »

FASEB Leaders Engage In Local Advocacy

Several researchers took advantage of Congress’s recent spring break recess to connect with their elected officials while they were at home. On April 19, Laura Niedernhofer, MD, PhD, an associate professor at The Scripps Research Institute Florida and Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Board member, participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Passes Bill Including Funding Increases for Research Agencies; President’s Budget Proposal Expected in Late May; Senators Advocate for the National Institutes of Health It took three “continuing resolutions,” protracted negotiations over nearly a year, and the threat of a government shutdown, but Congress finally approved an omnibus appropriations bill (HR 244) seven months after… Read More »

BEST Practices Workshop: Lessons Learned in Graduate and Postdoctoral Training

The Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) programs will hold a workshop on September 6-7, 2017, in Orlando, FL, to share with the biomedical research training community lessons learned from their experiments with improving career development for trainees. The free workshop will focus on providing “…practical guidance on how to motivate, create, implement and evaluate… Read More »