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  • icon-advocacy-news October 28, 2016 Vice President Joe Biden Releases Cancer Moonshot Report
      Vice President Joe Biden released a report from the Cancer Moonshot Task Force this week. As CQ reports, "the report highlights goals to accelerate the development of cures, including more widespread sharing of data and faster research and approval timelines for new treatments." The report outlines the administration's accomplishments during the last year and the initiative's goals for 2017 and …
  • icon-advocacy-news October 11, 2016 NIH Announces Guidelines for Operations Under CR
      Last week, NIH released an announcement regarding its operations under the Continuing Resolution. As in prior years, this announcement indicates that grants will be funded up to 90 percent of the committed level indicated in the notice of award. Additional details are available on the NIH's site. Last updated: October 11, 2016 
  • icon-advocacy-news September 29, 2016 Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown
      With a House vote of 342-85 , Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund federal agencies until December 9, avoiding a government shutdown. The Senate had earlier voted 72-26 in favor of a 10 week CR. The CR (HR 5325), is a “clean” funding bill that funds the government at the FY 2017 top-line level of $1.067 trillion minus a 0.5 percent across-the-board that is necessary t…
  • icon-advocacy-statement September 27, 2016 ASPET Urges Congress to Pass Short-term CR and Pass FY2017 Spending Package by Year End
      With only days left in the fiscal year, ASPET has urged Congress to pass a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open.  Also asserted in the letter is language praising legislators for their investment in biomedical research, which was evident in the appropriations process, where the Senate Committee-approved $34.1 billion for NIH. A short term CR would provide an imm…
  • icon-advocacy-news September 7, 2016 NIH Scientists Publish New Metric to Measure the Influence of Scientific Research
    A new metric, known as the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR), will allow researchers to measure the influence of a scientific article, regardless of publication and scientific field. While RCR cannot replace expert review, it does overcome many of the issues faced by previous metrics. RCR was developed by scientists with the Office of Portfolio Analysis (OPA), Division of Program Coordination, Pl…
  • icon-advocacy-news August 23, 2016 NIH Releases Strategies for Communicating Research
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a list of strategies to help scientists make their research more accessible to the broader public. The guidelines, which include tips for researchers, educators, journalists, and other health professionals on writing about topics such as data outcomes, clinical trials, and studies with animal models, were compiled from advice given by experts in the…
  • icon-advocacy-news July 15, 2016 Senate Follows House’s Lead, Sends Bipartisan Opioid Bill to President’s Desk
    House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today issued the following statement on the Senate’s overwhelming passage of the conference report to S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. The House passed the package on July 8, by a vote of 407 to 5. "To the countless Americans in despair and communities that are suffering, help will soon be on the way. …
  • icon-advocacy-news July 12, 2016 Labor HHS Subcommittee Releases the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services Funding Bill
    Legislation blocks unnecessary and harmful regulations, reduces spending, and invests in proven programs to protect the health and well-being of all Americans  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House Labor HHS subcommittee today released the draft fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation includes funding for…
  • icon-advocacy-news June 20, 2016 ASPET Coalition Partner, FASEB Gives Input on Needs and Opportunities in Team Science
    On June 10, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) responded to a National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) request for information on the benefits and challenges associated with "team science" and team-based research. The RFI sought feedback from the scientific community on the needs and opportunities in team science at multi-investigator, institu…
  • icon-advocacy-news June 20, 2016 House Science Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Innovations Programs
    By Jennifer Zeitzer, FASEB Director of Government Affairs A June 16 hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology raised concerns about the reauthorization of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Although members of the subcommittee expressed support for both programs, they were trou…
Last Updated: September 20, 2017

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