Science Policy
Drs. John Chatham, Sue Barman, Joey Granger, and Peter Wagner in front of Building 1 at the NIH.APS leadership visits Capitol Hill with Science Policy Director Alice Ra'anan (2011).APS Director Marty Frank (right) with Rep. Howard Berman (2nd from left)APS works with the National Institutes of Health on a number of key policy issues. (Image from NIH)APS Science Policy Committee during a 2009 trip to Capitol Hill.APS advocates for sustainable growth of the National Science Foundation budget. (Image from NSF)APS leadership after a 2010 meeting with NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey.APS offers information on current issues surrounding animal research and why it is important.ACE Committee Chair Bill Yates (right) shares a laugh with Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA, left).Science Policy Director Alice Ra’anan accepts Distinguished Service Award from Faith Wolfe of States United for Biomedical Research in 2011.APS Science Policy Committee Members Meena Rao, Jennifer Uno, and Jim Galligan at the CapitolAPS members Kevin Kregel (left) and Bill Talman (right) meeting with Senator Grassley (R-IA) (2007)APS President Hannah Carey testifies on FY 2008 NIH funding before the House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee. The Science Policy Office covers issues that affect scientists and their work such as federal research funding and animal research. Check out our pages for background information, action alerts, and insights into becoming an advocate for biomedical research. For news and updates, you can RSS Icon subscribe to our RSS Feed or Twitter Logo follow us on Twitter @SciPolAPS.

News & Updates

Fish & Wildlife Service Designate Captive Chimpanzees as Endangered

On June 16, 2015, the Fish and Wildlife Service (F&WS) published a final rule in the Federal Register designating captive chimpanzees as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act.

Congress Introduces Authorizing Legislation for NIH, NSF

This year two committees in the House of Representatives have drafted separate legislative packages that would establish multi-year authorizations for the NIH and NSF.

FY 2016 Budget Proposal Overview

President Obama released his proposal for the FY 2016 federal budget. The FY 2016 budget proposal asks for a 6% increase in federal spending on research and development and a 7% increase in overall discretionary spending.

EB 2015 Public Affairs Symposium

Join the APS Science Policy Committee from 1–3 pm on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 in Room 209 of the Boston Convention and Exposition Center to discuss scientific rigor and the reliability of research results.

Congress Finalizes FY 2015 Budgets

Congress finalized legislation that sets funding levels for federal agencies and programs, including research at the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, NASA and the VA.

APS Advises NIH on Sex as a Biological Variable

On September 11, 2014 NIH issued a Request for Information (RFI, NOT-OD-14-128) to assist NIH develop policies for the inclusion of sex as a biological variable in pre-clinical research studies involving animals and cells. The APS response recommends starting with accurate reporting of the sex of animal subjects and organisms from which biological materials were derived. NIH should provide training for investigators and reviewers before implementing the policy. APS also said additional resources will be needed to implement this policy without detriment to ongoing research. The APS comments are available on the Science Policy website.

APS shares benefits of SEPA program with NIH

In a letter to the NIH Scientific Management Review Board’s working group on pre-college engagement in biomedical science, APS President David Pollock shared the many benefits experienced by teachers participating in programs supported by the science education partnership awards (SEPA).

NIH to Require Balanced Sex Representation in Animal and Cell Studies

NIH Director Francis Collins and Office of Research on Women’s Health Director Janine Clayton announced that the agency plans to require investigators to “report their plans for the balance of male and female cells and animals in pre-clinical studies in all future applications.”

APS Urges OLAW to Revise “Significant Changes” Guidance

On March 11, 2014, OLAW published a request for comments on proposed guidance about what constitute “significant” changes to ongoing animal research activities. APS urged that a proposed revision to the guidance be revised to avoid “increas[ing] administrative burden rather than reduc[ing] it.”

President Obama Releases FY 2015 Budget Proposal

On March 4, 2014 President Obama released the Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget proposal. The $3.9 trillion budget proposal provides a starting point for Congressional action to determine funding levels for all federal agencies and programs, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and Veterans Affairs (VA) medical and prosthetic research.

APS Members Tell Congress to Invest in Research, Regulate Sensibly

The January edition of The Physiologist features a spread on APS’s two Capitol Hill Day events in 2013.

APS Comments on Travel Restrictions for Federal Scientists

APS comments on the Office of Management and Budget 2012 restrictions on travel for federal employees directing agencies to cut their travel budgets by 30% and imposed new limits on conferences and meetings.

Negotiators Announce FY 14 Budget Deal

Tuesday, December 10, House and Senate Budget negotiators announced a deal to replace $63 billion in sequestration cuts in fiscal years 2014–2015 with $85 billion in deficit reduction.

Shutdown Impacts on Research

A collection of notices concerning how funding agency operations will be affected while the government is partially shut down due to the lack of FY 2014 funding legislation.

APS Commends Italian Scientists

A group of Italian scientists is seeking to draw attention to recently-approved legislation that could severely restrict animal research in that country.

NIH Finalizes New Chimpanzee Rule

On June 26, 2013, NIH Director Francis Collins announced that the agency had accepted nearly all the recommendations of a Working Group on NIH implementation of an IOM report on chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research.

APS Suggests Ways to Reduce Regulatory Burden

May 22, the APS offered suggestions for reducing the administrative burdens associated with federally-sponsored research in response to a request for information from the National Science Board (NSB).

Advocacy and Outreach

APS Early Career Advocacy Fellowship

The APS Early Career Advocacy Fellowship program seeks to engage early career investigators in advocacy activities and provide them with skills to become long-term advocates for scientific research.

How to Contact Congress

Step-by-step tips for getting in touch with your legislators.

Advocacy Resource Kit

Tips, talking points, and more ways you can stand up for science!

Tell Congress: Biomedical Research is Important

To increase support in Congress, the APS Office of Science Policy has prepared a model letter about the importance of biomedical research.

Supporting Resources

A curated list of resources developed by allied organizations that can help you advocate for biomedical research.

Funding

Congress Introduces Authorizing Legislation for NIH, NSF

This year two committees in the House of Representatives have drafted separate legislative packages that would establish multi-year authorizations for the NIH and NSF.

FASEB Issues FY 2016 Funding Recommendations for Federal Agencies

Each year FASEB issues recommendations for research funding for biomedical and biological research. The FY 2016 report is now available on the FASEB website. Recommended minimum funding levels include NIH: $32 billion, NSF: $7.72 billion, VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program: $622 million

FY 2016 Budget Proposal Overview

On Monday, February 2, 2015 President Obama released his proposal for the FY 2016 federal budget. This document puts forward the President’s vision for government priorities and marks the start of the annual budget and appropriations cycle. The FY 2016 budget proposal asks for a 6% increase in federal spending on research and development and a 7% increase in overall discretionary spending.

Animal Research

Basics of Animal Research

Learn more about how animal research contributes to biomedical discovery and the ways animal research is regulated.

Introduction: APS and Animal Research

The APS supports the humane use of animals in medical research. Medical research is beneficial to humans as well as other animals, and certain kinds of questions can only be answered through animal studies.

Current Topics in Animal Research

Updates and analysis of current issues surrounding animal research.

Security Concerns

Resources for facing animal rights extremists.

Agency Policy

Reproducibility in Research

A collection of resources analyzing and addressing the issue of reproducibility in research

Ask Your Senators to Help Reduce Regulatory Burden

Congress can help research by streamlining burdensome and duplicative regulations.

APS Advises NIH on Sex as a Biological Variable

On September 11, 2014 NIH issued a Request for Information (RFI, NOT-OD-14-128) to assist NIH develop policies for the inclusion of sex as a biological variable in pre-clinical research studies involving animals and cells. The APS response recommends starting with accurate reporting of the sex of animal subjects and organisms from which biological materials were derived. NIH should provide training for investigators and reviewers before implementing the policy. APS also said additional resources will be needed to implement this policy without detriment to ongoing research. The APS comments are available on the Science Policy website.

About

Position Statements

Official APS positions on ethical issues such as those surrounding animal research.

Congressional Testimony

The APS makes yearly recommendations to Congress regarding the budgets of NIH, NSF, NASA, and the VA.

Comments and Letters

An archive of comments and letter the APS has issued on a variety of science policy issues.
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