News from FABBS

Important Changes to the Common Rule on Human Subjects Research go into Effect

January 24, 2019

After many years in the making, the compliance date – January 21, 2019 – for the revised Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46 Subpart A), known as the Common Rule, has finally come.

FABBS societies welcome two key changes to the Common Rule: exemption for benign behavioral interventions and limited IRB review option, when appropriate.

The new rule creates an exemption from IRB review for research involving benign behavioral interventions. 

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NICHD Seeking Comments for Strategic Plan

January 24, 2019 (Updated Feb 22, 2019)

On January 2, 2019, The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a Request for Information regarding their strategic plan for 2020 – 2024. The plan is expected to strongly influence NICHD’s future research directions and funding decisions, including the level of support for behavioral and brain sciences. Accordingly, it is essential that NICHD hear from our community.

NICHD Director Dr. Diana

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Federal Office of Evaluation Services Seeks Research Fellows

November 16, 2018

Over the past for years, the Office of Evaluation Services (OES) within the General Services Administration has been working quietly and diligently to complete over sixty randomized evaluations of federal agency programs. Bringing insights from the behavioral and social sciences to test federal programs, scientists have been able to provide evidence upon which agencies can make informed decisions to improve programs and save money.

OES seeks applications for a new cohort

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Organizations Collaborate on Joint Response to NIH Registration and Reporting RFI

Twenty-three scientific societies and higher education associations, joined by an additional twenty-three higher education institutions, submitted a letter to NIH in response to the NIH Request for Information (RFI) on Registration and Reporting Standards for Prospective Basic Science Studies Involving Human Participants. The letter was directed to NIH’s Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak and NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research Michael Lauer.

Led by Lisa Nichols, Director of

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