Category Archives: Federal Agency Issues

Special Report: President Donald J. Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request

The White House Office of Management and Budget on May 23 released the Trump Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget proposal. Titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the budget balances over ten years, reduces the debt as a percentage of GDP to the lowest level since 2010, and increases funding for defense by cutting… 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 urges NIH to maintain the integrity of its peer review system

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) submitted comments supporting a strong, effective, and efficient peer review system to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on February 3. The NPRM sought to exempt important peer reviewer and peer referee information from public access under… Read More »

NIGMS council approves innovative, collaborative funding opportunity announcements

The Advisory Council to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) approved three proposals for new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) at the public portion of their meeting on January 27. The FOAs address innovation in graduate education and new means of collaboration. The first proposal, or concept clearance, to gain the Council’s approval was… Read More »

NIH advisory committee discusses new legislation and presidential transition

On December 8 and 9, the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened to discuss efforts related to ongoing projects as well as emerging issues within the biomedical research community. Francis Collins, MD, PhD, was pleased to report the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, bipartisan legislation… Read More »

FASEB provides feedback to NIH on data management, sharing, and citation

On December 7, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) submitted a response to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Request for Information (RFI) on “Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation” (NOT-OD-17-015). The comments were consistent with the FASEB Statement on Data Management and Access from March, 2016. In its response,… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Struggles with Decisions on Government Funding; Cures Legislation Passes House; FASEB-Led Effort Protects Funding for Research Grants Despite three weeks of negotiations, members of Congress are still no closer to reaching an agreement on how to fund the government once the current “continuing resolution” (CR) expires on December 9. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan… Read More »