News and Updates
Check below for the most recent news items and announcements from APS’s Office of Science Policy.

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.

EB 2015 Public Affairs Symposium

Join the APS Science Policy Committee from 1–3 pm on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 in Room 209 of the Boston Convention and Exposition Center to discuss scientific rigor and the reliability of research results.

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.

APS Advises NIH on Sex as a Biological Variable

On September 11, 2014 NIH issued a Request for Information (RFI, NOT-OD-14-128) to assist NIH develop policies for the inclusion of sex as a biological variable in pre-clinical research studies involving animals and cells. The APS response recommends starting with accurate reporting of the sex of animal subjects and organisms from which biological materials were derived. NIH should provide training for investigators and reviewers before implementing the policy. APS also said additional resources will be needed to implement this policy without detriment to ongoing research. The APS comments are available on the Science Policy website.

APS shares benefits of SEPA program with NIH

In a letter to the NIH Scientific Management Review Board’s working group on pre-college engagement in biomedical science, APS President David Pollock shared the many benefits experienced by teachers participating in programs supported by the science education partnership awards (SEPA).

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 Urges OLAW to Revise “Significant Changes” Guidance

On March 11, 2014, OLAW published a request for comments on proposed guidance about what constitute “significant” changes to ongoing animal research activities. APS urged that a proposed revision to the guidance be revised to avoid “increas[ing] administrative burden rather than reduc[ing] it.”

President Obama Releases FY 2015 Budget Proposal

On March 4, 2014 President Obama released the Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget proposal. The $3.9 trillion budget proposal provides a starting point for Congressional action to determine funding levels for all federal agencies and programs, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and Veterans Affairs (VA) medical and prosthetic research.

APS Members Tell Congress to Invest in Research, Regulate Sensibly

The January edition of The Physiologist features a spread on APS’s two Capitol Hill Day events in 2013.

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.

Negotiators Announce FY 14 Budget Deal

Tuesday, December 10, House and Senate Budget negotiators announced a deal to replace $63 billion in sequestration cuts in fiscal years 2014–2015 with $85 billion in deficit reduction.

Shutdown Impacts on Research

A collection of notices concerning how funding agency operations will be affected while the government is partially shut down due to the lack of FY 2014 funding legislation.

APS Commends Italian Scientists

A group of Italian scientists is seeking to draw attention to recently-approved legislation that could severely restrict animal research in that country.

NIH Finalizes New Chimpanzee Rule

On June 26, 2013, NIH Director Francis Collins announced that the agency had accepted nearly all the recommendations of a Working Group on NIH implementation of an IOM report on chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research.

APS Suggests Ways to Reduce Regulatory Burden

May 22, 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.

APS Comments on Biomedical Workforce

The APS submitted comments in response to a request for information from the National Institutes of Health about implementing recommendations from the working group on the biomedical workforce. (PDF)