Category Archives: Government Regulations

NSF Committee Discusses Grant Portfolio and Interdisciplinary Research

The Advisory Committee for the Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently received an update about a new agency-wide portfolio analysis tool, grant mechanisms, and interdisciplinary research projects. During sessions held at NSF headquarters in Arlington, VA on April 25 and 26, visiting committee members heard from agency staff about ongoing… 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 joins effort opposing executive order on immigration

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) joined leading scientific, engineering, and academic organizations in urging President Trump to rescind the executive order on immigration. The effort was led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and culminated in a letter sent to President Trump on January 31. “The executive order… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

115th Congress Convenes; Senate Introduces Budget Resolution Preserving 2017 Spending Cap; Trump Budget Expected in the Spring; House and Senate Committees Welcome New Members On January 3, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) presided over the opening of the 115th Congress, welcoming more than 60 new legislators to Capitol… Read More »

National Academies’ Next Generation Researchers Initiative gets underway

The first meeting of a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine study on the difficulties young biomedical researchers face trying to establish and maintain careers as independent scientists took place in Washington, DC, on January 9. The Next Generation Researchers Initiative aims to evaluate numerous factors affecting the transition to independent research careers, including… 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 »

FASEB president-elect speaks at congressional briefing on impact of CR

On November 29, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) President-Elect Thomas O. Baldwin, PhD, spoke at a Capitol Hill briefing organized by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The event explored the impact that another “continuing resolution” (CR) would have on biomedical research. Dr. Baldwin acknowledged that it is critical… Read More »