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

APS Statement on Taxation of Graduate Student Tuition Waivers

The APS urges Congress to preserve the current tax exempt status of tuition waivers for graduate students who serve as teaching or research assistants.

Groups Urge Streamlining Animal Research Oversight

Prominent research organizations recently issued recommendations for promoting greater efficiency in the oversight of animal research.

FY 2018 Federal Funding Update

On September 8, 2017, President Trump signed legislation to extend current funding levels for all federal agencies and programs through December 8, 2017.

NIH Issues New Policies for Early and Mid-Career Investigators

On August 31, 2017, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released new policy guidance supporting the Next Generation Researchers Initiative. The goals of the initiative are to help investigators establish and maintain independent research programs at an earlier age; stabilize the biomedical research workforce; and enhance diversity.

National Day of Action for Research Funding

Advocates for biomedical research will convene in Washington, D.C. on September 14, 2017 to ask Congress to make funding for biomedical research a national priority.

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.