Tag Archives: funding

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Returns for Lame Duck Session; Uncertain Outlook for Finishing Fiscal Year 2017 Budget; Advocates Urge Support for Proposed $2 Billion Increase for Biomedical Research Members of Congress returned to Washington on November 14 for a “lame duck” session following the surprising results of the 2016 elections. Although legislators have a long list of unfinished… Read More »

NIGMS council considers old and new funding strategies

At its September 16 meeting, the Advisory Council of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) discussed the implementation of the Institute’s Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA), strategies to facilitate evidence-based funding decisions, and critical changes to a funding mechanism to support biomedical technology research resources. In his opening remarks, Jon Lorsch, PhD, Director… Read More »

Francis Collins reports model organism funding at TAGC16

At the Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC July 13-17), National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins provided an overview of model organism support from his agency. Collins used a new analysis performed by NIH staff to address concerns expressed by many of the model organism researchers gathered at TAGC, particularly a 2015 analysis by Michael… Read More »

Hearing Raises Concerns About Diverting Research Funds to Small Business Grants

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 »

Bipartisan support for increasing NIH funding at congressional hearing

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle demonstrated growing bipartisan support for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at a hearing of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee. The October 7 session featured testimony from NIH Director, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, who was well received by the 13… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Passes Continuing Resolution; Budget Negotiations Expected to Begin Soon; Senate Committee Holds Hearing on NIH Funding Federal agencies can keep their doors open—for now. Congress averted a crisis last week by passing a “continuing resolution” (CR) to keep the government operating on a temporary basis. The CR (H Con Res 79) funds federal agencies… Read More »

New FASEB Factsheet Calls on Congress to Restore NIH Funding

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) kicked off an autumn advocacy campaign this month to encourage lawmakers to increase funding for research in the United States. In preparation for upcoming congressional budget negotiations, FASEB released a new research funding factsheet urging members of Congress to pass a fiscal year 2016 budget bill… Read More »