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.
DOD Report: Animals Still Needed for Trauma Training
Alternative training methods cannot yet replace the use of live animals in the training of combat medics, the Department of Defense (DOD) told Congress. The finding was part of a report mandated under the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
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)
President Releases FY 2014 Budget Plan
President Obama released his FY 2014 budget plan with ambitious increases for most biomedical research funding agencies.
Congress Passes FY 2013 Funding Bills
On March 26, 2013, President Obama signed into law a package of legislation (H.R. 933) that will fund federal programs through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2013, including research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA and Medical and Prosthetic Research at the VA.
APS Urges NIH to Revisit Chimpanzee Recommendations
The APS supports NIH’s efforts to utilize a science-based approach to resolve issues related to future research and care of chimpanzees, President Dr. Susan M. Barman said in a letter to Dr. James Anderson, Director of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives. Nevertheless, the APS concluded that the report was “deeply flawed.”
Funding Agency Update: “Program and Policy Updates from the NIH and NSF”
This EB session will feature representatives of the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation who will provide updates on existing programs, address new initiatives and research priorities at their agencies, and outline plans for future activities and emerging opportunities for researchers.
Science Policy Symposium: “How to Be a Science Advocate in Your Own Backyard”
Although scientists understand the importance of advocacy, some may not know how to get started or lack the time to initiate or undertake their own advocacy programs. This symposium gives researchers some practical tips and tools for getting started and help them understand where the most accessible opportunities are.
Congress Averts Fiscal Cliff with Last Minute Deal
On January 1, 2013, Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8) with broad bipartisan support. Passage of this legislation prevents the country from going over the “fiscal cliff”, a term widely used to describe the effects of a set of tax increases and spending cuts that were scheduled to go into effect on January 2, 2013.
Senator Wyden Notes Chimpanzee Research Needs
A last-minute push to bring the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (GAPCSA) to the Senate floor during the lame duck session hit a roadblock when Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced that he had placed a “hold” on the bill.