Science Policy
Drs. John Chatham, Sue Barman, Joey Granger, and Peter Wagner in front of Building 1 at the NIH.APS advocates for sustainable growth of the National Science Foundation budget. (Image from NSF)Past ACE Committee Chair Bill Yates (right) shares a laugh with Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA, left).APS Director Marty Frank (right) with Rep. Howard Berman (2nd from left)APS Science Policy Committee in front of the Senate Hart Office Building during a trip to Capitol Hill.APS offers information on current issues surrounding animal research and why it is important.Science Policy Director Alice Ra’anan accepts Distinguished Service Award from Faith Wolfe of States United for Biomedical ResearchAPS members Kevin Kregel (left) and Bill Talman (right) meeting with Senator Grassley (R-IA)Past APS President Hannah Carey testifies on 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.

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News & Updates

APS calls on Congress to support NIH, NSF research

APS President Dennis Brown sent letters to the appropriations committees in both houses of Congress urging increased funding for NIH and NSF.

USDA to Offer Incentive for Self-Reporting Noncompliance

USDA is offering an incentive for facilities to proactively identify, report, and correct animal welfare issues. At the same time, USDA underscored that such self-reporting is voluntary.

Agencies Seek Ideas for Reducing Administrative Burden

Representatives of NIH, USDA, and FDA held a listening session on January 9, 2018 as part of an effort to review of animal welfare oversight regulations in response to a Congressional mandate to reduce administrative burden while maintaining the integrity and credibility of research.

APS Statement on Taxation of Graduate Student Tuition Waivers

The APS urges Congress to preserve the current tax exempt status of tuition waivers for graduate students who serve as teaching or research assistants.

Groups Urge Streamlining Animal Research Oversight

Prominent research organizations recently issued recommendations for promoting greater efficiency in the oversight of animal research.

FY 2018 Federal Funding Update

On September 8, 2017, President Trump signed legislation to extend current funding levels for all federal agencies and programs through December 8, 2017.

NIH Issues New Policies for Early and Mid-Career Investigators

On August 31, 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released new policy guidance supporting the Next Generation Researchers Initiative. The goals of the initiative are to help investigators establish and maintain independent research programs at an earlier age; stabilize the biomedical research workforce; and enhance diversity.

NIH Announces Initiative to Fund Early and Mid-Career Researchers

The new NIH Next Generation Researchers Initiative is aimed at increasing grant support for early-stage and vulnerable mid-career investigators. It replaces an earlier plan to limit the number of grants per investigator and was first presented at a meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director.

NIH Announces Policy to Limit Grant Support

On May 2, 2017, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak announced that NIH will phase in a new policy limiting the amount of grant support going to any single investigator.

Max Planck Society Issues White Paper on Animal Research

On January 12, 2017, the Max Planck Society (MPS) in Germany published a white paper on the use of animals in basic research. MPS is a non-profit research organization made up of 83 Max Planck Institutes and facilities.

APS Critiques Animal Rights Report, Congressional Requests for Information

APS President Jane F. Reckelhoff challenged recent Congressional requests for an investigation of animal research at federal agencies in a letter to the head of the Government Accountability Office.

APS Reaffirms Core Values

At this time of great challenges, the APS reaffirms its commitment to its core values

FASEB Launches Model Organism Database

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has created an online tool to help researchers find suppliers of organisms ranging from algae to mice, fruit flies, and maize.

APS Responds to NIGMS RFI on Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education

In response to an NIGMS RFI on Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education, the APS Science Policy and Education Committees jointly developed a response that emphasized the need for students to develop a range of core skills that will serve students well in their future careers.

UPDATE: Antibody producer settles USDA case, relinquishes AWA credentials

On May 19, 2016, antibody producer Santa Cruz Biotechnology (SCBT), Inc. reached an agreement with the USDA to resolve allegations of numerous Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations.

NIH to End All Chimpanzee Research

NIH Director Francis Collins announced a plan to retire all NIH-owned chimpanzees.

NIH Releases Agency-Wide Strategic Plan

In response to calls from Congress, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released its first agency-wide strategic plan.

Advocacy and Outreach

APS Early Career Advocacy Fellowship

The fellowship program engages 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

FY 2018 Federal Funding Update

On September 8, 2017, President Trump signed legislation to extend current funding levels for all federal agencies and programs through December 8, 2017.

House Committee would provide $1.1 Billion increase to NIH

The House Appropriations Committee on L-HHS-Education approved an FY 2018 spending bill that provided NIH with a $1.1 billion increase over its FY 2017 funding level. Although this would amount to only about half of the increases Congress has given NIH in each of the past 2 years, it is $8.6 billion above the Trump budget request.

APS Urges Congress to Reject Trump Plan to Cut Research Funding

On May 23, 2017, the Trump administration released its FY 2018 budget proposal calling for large cuts to research at the NIH, NSF, NASA and the VA. The APS calls on members of Congress to reject these huge and damaging cuts to research.

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.

Symposia

Materials from APS Symposia on Animal Research related subjects

Agency Policy

NIH Issues New Policies for Early and Mid-Career Investigators

On August 31, 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released new policy guidance supporting the Next Generation Researchers Initiative. The goals of the initiative are to help investigators establish and maintain independent research programs at an earlier age; stabilize the biomedical research workforce; and enhance diversity.

NIH Announces Initiative to Fund Early and Mid-Career Researchers

The new NIH Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI) is aimed at increasing grant support for early-stage (ESI) and vulnerable mid-career investigators. It replaces an earlier plan to limit the number of grants per investigator and was first presented at a meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director.

NIH Announces Policy to Limit Grant Support

On May 2, 2017, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak announced that NIH will phase in a new policy limiting the amount of grant support going to any single investigator.

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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