Tag Archives: HHS

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Still Discussing Process for Completing 2017 Spending Bills; Senate Appropriations Panel Finalizes Rosters; Trump Cabinet Nominees Considered By Committees House Appropriations Committee leaders are beginning conversations about how to fund government agencies for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2017 after the current “continuing resolution” (CR) expires on April 28. Sometime before that date,… Read More »

FASEB analysis: Which political party is better for biomedical research?

Does the National Institutes of Health (NIH) fare better when Democrats or Republicans are in control? An analysis from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) examined the NIH budget over the last 35 years and failed to find a strong correlation between the party in the White House or in control of… Read More »

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 »

Council considers strategies to strengthen NIH peer review

On September 26, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Advisory Council met to discuss key issues for peer review—and the NIH grant application and award process more broadly—as the agency plans for FY 2017 and beyond. Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, NIH Principal Deputy Director, reviewed the current status of the… 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 »

FASEB responds to NIGMS request on modernizing graduate education

On August 5, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) submitted comments on the six topics identified in a National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Request for Information (RFI) regarding Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education. The RFI culminated roughly two years of efforts by NIGMS—including blog posts and a symposium—to broaden… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Appropriations Committee Approves Funding Increase for Biomedical Research; Congress Departs for Summer Break; September Agenda to Include “Continuing Resolution” to Keep Federal Agencies Open Congressional leadership began the year pledging to return the appropriations process to “regular order” by completing action on the fiscal year (FY) 2017 spending bills before September 30. They will leave… Read More »