Postdocs Eligible for Overtime Pay Under New Rule

By | May 19, 2016

On May 18, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule to update the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Of specific interest to the research community, was an op-ed published in the Huffington Post prior to the rule’s release co-authored by NIH Director Francis Collins and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez stating that: Postdocs are… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

By | May 19, 2016

Senate Approves First 2017 Spending Bill; Appropriations Committee Passes Funding Legislation for Agriculture Research and the National Science Foundation; Negotiations Continue on Medical Innovations Bill; Agencies Receive Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Instructions Work on the fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget continued on Capitol Hill as spending bills supporting funding for agriculture and veterans research and… Read More »

FASEB Leads Effort to Prevent Diverting Research Funds to Small Business Grants

By | May 19, 2016

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is leading an effort to urge Congress to protect funding for openly competitive, merit-reviewed research as lawmakers consider legislation to reauthorize and increase the funding for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. While there currently is no limit on… Read More »

NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs Releases Strategic Plan

The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released its 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. ORIP’s mission is to support trans-NIH research infrastructure and resource programs and to coordinate NIH’s science education efforts. The ORIP Strategic Plan is divided into three thematic areas: (1) Developing models of human diseases; (2)… Read More »

FASEB Provides Feedback to NIGMS on Research Resources

By | May 19, 2016

On May 10, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) responded to a National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) request for information on research resource needs and strategies for their support. In its letter to NIGMS, FASEB suggested three themes for the Institute to consider: 1) Enhance the discoverability of supported resources… Read More »

FASEB Supports Two Lapsed NSF Infrastructure Programs

By | May 19, 2016

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has issued letters in support of two National Science Foundation (NSF) biological infrastructure programs that were placed on hiatus for evaluation. In the letters, FASEB described how the Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) and Instrument Development for Biological Research (IDBR) programs uniquely contribute to… Read More »

FASEB Comments on Senate Legislation to Ease Regulatory Burdens

By | May 5, 2016

On April 4, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced Promoting Biomedical Research and Public Health for Patients Act (S.2742), bipartisan legislation that contains provisions that could change the regulatory environment for federally funded research. Based on its long-standing support for solutions that streamline regulatory burdens for investigators while maintaining proper oversight of federal research funds, the… Read More »