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

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.

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.

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 Urges Congress to Reject Trump Plan to Cut NIH Funding

APS responds to President Trump's March 16 FY 2018 budget preview that includes the recommendation to cut almost 20% from the NIH budget.

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.

Meet FASEB’s New President, Hudson Freeze

On July 1, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) welcomed its new President, Hudson H. Freeze, PhD.

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 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

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.

FY 2017 Federal Funding Update

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

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.

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.

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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