Category Archives: Funding

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Considers another Short Term Spending Agreement; Negotiations Begin on Compromise Tax Bill; FASEB Issues Alert Opposing Graduate Student Tuition Waiver Tax After a short Thanksgiving break, Members of Congress returned to Washington facing several critical year-end deadlines; how to keep federal agencies operating after the current “continuing resolution” (CR) expires on December 8 is… Read More »

Is your research a clinical trial? The answer may surprise you!

Background In October 2014, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a change in its definition of a clinical trial, to take effect in January 2015. The new definition, which applies only to NIH-funded clinical trials, reads: “A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congressional Leadership Begins Conversations about Raising the Budget Caps; Appropriations Committee Hearing Explores Facilities and Administrative Costs With just over a month until the “continuing resolution” (CR) expires on December 8, press reports indicate that congressional leaders have finally begun conversations about raising the Budget Control Act (BCA) spending caps. Increasing the defense and non-defense… Read More »

FASEB President Makes the Case for Science

In two recent publications, Tom Baldwin, PhD, President of FASEB, expressed his opinions about the nature of investigator-driven science and the importance of maintaining U.S. strength in scientific discovery. In a letter published October 19 in Nature, Baldwin took issue with Daniel Sarewitz’s recent commentary in which he described research scientists as disconnected from the… Read More »

FASEB Leaders Advocate Locally to Raise the Caps

FASEB Board members took advantage of the recent congressional recess to meet with representatives at home. The visits emphasized the local impact of federal funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). In addition, the researchers expressed concern that Congress has not agreed on a bipartisan deal to raise… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress on Track to Pass A Budget Blueprint; Acting Secretary Named At Department of Health and Human Services Six months behind schedule, the House and Senate are moving forward on the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget resolution. Congress typically passes an annual budget resolution in April to provide an overall fiscal blueprint and spending guidance… Read More »

NSF BIO Directorate to Shift to “No-Deadline” Proposal Submission Process

On October 5, James Olds, PhD, Assistant Director of the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF), issued a “Dear Colleague” letter notifying researchers of plans to implement a “no-deadline” format for receiving and reviewing proposals. The new format will be implemented in all four BIO divisions beginning with proposals submitted… Read More »