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.

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News & Updates

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.

Obama Submits FY 2017 Budget Proposal

On February 9, 2016 President Obama submitted his fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget proposal to Congress. This is his final budget so he used it to highlight various priorities, including research: If his proposals were enacted, aggregate funding for research and development would increase by 4% in FY 2017.

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.

WHO Says Ketamine Should Not Be Placed Under International Control

On December 8, 2015, an expert panel recommended that the World Health Organization (WHO) not place international drug controls on ketamine.

NIH to End Research Targeted by PETA

The National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at NIH announced in December that a well-regarded researcher’s work on the effects of maternal deprivation in infant monkeys would be phased out over the next 3 years.

Congress Passes FY 2016 Funding Bills

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed a $1.067 trillion omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 2029) that will fund federal agencies and programs in fiscal year (FY) 2016, including the NIH, NSF, VA, and NASA.

Symposium on Reproducibility in Research

See highlights videos and view presentations from the APS Science Policy Committee’s symposium at Experimental Biology 2015.

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.

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.

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

FY 2017 Federal Funding Update

Update and background on proposed funding levels for NIH, NSF, the VA medical and prosthetic research, and NASA.

Obama Submits FY 2017 Budget Proposal

On February 9, 2016 President Obama submitted his fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget proposal to Congress. This is his final budget so he used it to highlight various priorities, including research: If his proposals were enacted, aggregate funding for research and development would increase by 4% in FY 2017.

Congress Passes FY 2016 Funding Bills

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed a $1.067 trillion omnibus appropriations bill (H.R. 2029) that will fund federal agencies and programs in fiscal year (FY) 2016, including the NIH, NSF, VA, and NASA.

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.

Reducing Regulatory Burden

A collection of resources to help IACUCs and investigators work together towards institutional policies that provide effective animal welfare oversight without unnecessary regulatory burden.

Agency Policy

NSF, NASA Issue Policy Statements against Harassment

In the wake of reports of alleged sexual harassment by prominent researchers, two funding agencies issued statements underscoring their commitment to safe, inclusive research environments.

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.

Reproducibility in Research

A collection of resources addressing the challenges of ensuring reproducibility in research.

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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