Hearing Raises Concerns About Diverting Research Funds to Small Business Grants

By | June 17, 2016

A June 16 hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology raised concerns about the reauthorization of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Although members of the subcommittee expressed support for both programs, they were troubled by proposals to increase the budget percentage… Read More »

NIH Advisory Committee Discusses Initiatives to Improve Diversity and Data Sharing

By | June 16, 2016

Initiatives to improve diversity and increase data sharing dominated the 112th meeting of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) on June 9 and 10. Hannah A. Valantine, MD, NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, presented findings and recommendations from the NIH African American/Black Funding Disparity Working Group. The working… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

By | June 16, 2016

Senate Committee Recommends $2 Billion Increase for Biomedical Research; House to Consider NIH Budget Later This Month  For months, Roy Blunt (R-MO), the chairman of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee said that he did not want the $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2016 to… Read More »

NCATS Shuffles Organizational Structure, Adds to Mission

By | June 16, 2016

In a web-based meeting of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Advisory Council on June 13, Director Chris Austin, MD, proposed two changes to the organizational structure. First, “Strategic Alliances” would be removed from the Office of Policy, Communications, and Strategic Alliances to become a stand-alone office. Dr. Austin explained that this move… Read More »

FASEB applauds proposed increase in NIH budget

By | June 16, 2016

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) applauds a proposed $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). On June 7, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bipartisan spending bill that would provide NIH with $34 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, $2 billion above FY… Read More »

FASEB Gives Input on Needs and Opportunities in Team Science

By | June 16, 2016

On June 10, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) responded to a National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) request for information on the benefits and challenges associated with “team science” and team-based research. The RFI sought feedback from the scientific community on the needs and opportunities in team science at multi-investigator,… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

The pace of the appropriations process has picked up, leaving legislators in good position to achieve their goal of moving all of the fiscal year (FY) 2017 spending bills through the House and Senate Appropriations Committees by mid-July. However, the long-term outlook for these bills in an election year remains unclear. On May 24, the… Read More »