Category Archives: Funding

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 »

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and The American Physiological Society Establish Hurricane Relief Funds

Over the span of weeks, U.S. coastal communities and neighboring island territories experienced back-to-back hurricanes of unprecedented strength. Starting in late August, Hurricane Harvey left large parts of Texas under water and thousands of residents without power. Weeks later, Hurricane Irma decimated multiple Caribbean territories and forced 6.3 million Florida residents to evacuate their homes.… Read More »

National Academies of Science Requests Feedback on Two Studies

  The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has published calls for input regarding two of its ongoing projects. The goal of the first project, Revitalizing Graduate STEM Education for the 21st Century, is to explore strategies and policies at both the local and federal levels to better meet the education and career preparation… Read More »

House Subcommittee Members Voice Bipartisan Support for NSF at Budget Hearing

House Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee members voiced support and concern on June 7 for National Science Foundation (NSF) funding. At a hearing on the administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 NSF budget request, Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) affirmed his support for NSF and his wish to ensure that the U.S. continues… Read More »