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  • 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…
  • icon-advocacy-statement June 20, 2016 ASPET Joins Biomedical Research Community in Applauding Proposed Increase in NIH Budget
    The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) applauds a proposed $2 billion increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). On June 7, the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee approved a bipartisan spending bill that would provide NIH with $34 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2017, $2 billion above FY 2016. On behalf of 30 member socie…
  • icon-advocacy-news May 31, 2016 NIH Issues Notice on Chimpanzee Research
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) May 26 released a notice limiting the permissible types of research involving chimpanzees. As of May 25, NIH will not fund any new or competing grants involving chimpanzees, with the exception of "noninvasive research," which includes visual observation and behavioral studies. Additionally, research applications proposing the use of chimpanzees will be s…
  • icon-advocacy-news May 23, 2016 NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs Releases Strategic Plan
    The NIH Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) has released its 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. ORIP's mission is to support trans-NIH research infrastructure and resource programs and to coordinate NIH's science education efforts. The strategic plan is divided into three thematic areas: Developing models of human diseases Accelerating research discoveries by providing access to state-o…
  • icon-advocacy-news May 18, 2016 Biomedical Research Community Identifies Ways to Reduce Burden at USDA
    On May 5, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), an ASPET partner, responded to a Request for Information (RFI) issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on identifying and reducing regulatory burdens. The RFI sought feedback from the community on USDA regulations that could be modified, expanded, streamlined, or repealed to make their progra…
  • icon-advocacy-news May 18, 2016 NIH Appoints New Director of National Library of Medicine
    On May 11, the NIH announced the appointment of Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, to lead the National Library of Medicine, the world's largest biomedical library. Dr. Brennan is currently at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is a Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering. Dr. Brennan has been a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients a…
  • icon-advocacy-news May 18, 2016 White House Announces National Microbiome Initiative
    Earlier this month the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP), in collaboration with federal agencies and private-sector stakeholders, announced the launch of the National Microbiome Initiative that will seek to increase understanding of microbiome function and improve efforts to preserve and restore microbiomes. The initiative includes a combined federal agency investment of mor…
  • icon-advocacy-news May 18, 2016 Department of Labor Releases Final Overtime Rule
    The roll-out of the new Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA or the Overtime Rule) has begun with a press release from the White House. Of specific interest to the research community, however, is an op-ed published in the Huffington Post co-authored by NIH Director Francis Collins and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez stating that: Postdocs are not exempt from the rule, and are thus eligible for ove…
  • icon-advocacy-news May 5, 2016 Legislative Update: May 5, 2016
    House still at an impasse with budget resolution; Senate moves forwards with “Innovations” bills without clear funding mechanism.  House Budget Committee Republicans met earlier this month in another attempt to seek out common ground on a budget resolution. Following the meeting, it remains unclear whether they are close to passing a budget for FY 2017. The conference can't agree on the spendin…
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