Funding Agency Policies
APS monitors the policies of funding agencies, including peer review, conflict of interest regulations, and other topics that affect researchers. 
Updates

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 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.

APS Suggests Ways to Reduce Regulatory Burden

On May 22, 2013 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).

White House Clarifies Rules for Federal Spending on Conferences and Travel

In May 2013, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memo providing guidance on expenditures of federal funds for travel, conferences and meetings.

OMB Controller Alert on Meetings Travel May 2013

White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo providing guidance on expenditures of federal funds for travel, conferences and meetings. [PDF]

APS Meeting with National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Director

On October 2, 2012 the APS President Sue Barman, Science Policy Chair John Chatham, and members of the Science Policy Committee met with leadership at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), including Director Dr. Gary Gibbons. Prior to the meeting the committee submitted a list of discussion questions to NHLBI. The following are the responses.

Science Board Revisits NSF Merit Review Criteria

On January 10, 2012, the National Science Board (NSF) released recommendations on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Merit Review Criteria. The Board made no changes to the criteria themselves but told NSF to provide definitions articulating the essential elements of the criteria.

APS Urges Public-Private Partnership on Public Access

On January 11, 2012, APS submitted comments to a Request for Information from the Office of Science and Technology Policy concerning public access to peer-reviewed scholarly publications resulting from federally-funded research. In its comments, APS recommended that federal agencies “work in a collaborative manner with all stakeholders to develop an approach [to public access] that balances competing interests, ensures the rights of copyright owners, and provides for continued growth an innovation in scientific communication.”

APS Leadership Meets with NIH Officials

On October 19, 2011, APS President Joey Granger, President-elect Sue Barman, Past President Peter Wagner and Science Policy Chair John Chatham met with officials at the NIH to discuss several issues of concern to APS members.

APS Leadership Meets with NIH Officials

APS leadership and Executive Director Marty Frank met with officials at the National Institutes of Health to discuss APS priorities.

Federal Research Grants and Administrative Burden

A survey conducted by the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) explores the amount of administrative burden experienced by faculty who receive federal research grants.

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