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.