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

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.

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.