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Petition to Support Peer Review Launched

June 21st, 2017

On June 12, the Coalition to Promote Research (CPR) released a petition urging Congress to support the nation’s scientific research enterprise by allowing the federal peer and merit review processes to judge the relevance of research proposals. The goal of the petition is to inform members of Congress about constituent support for good scientific stewardship and peer/merit review.

CPR hopes the petition will persuade members of Congress to oppose any efforts that may

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FABBS Presents to NSF SBE Advisory Committee

May 25th, 2017

At the invitation of the NSF Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences Advisory Committee, FABBS Executive Director Dr. Paula Skedsvold was asked to share FABBS’s perspective on legislative and communications issues facing the social and behavioral sciences in the 115th Congress.

Dr. Skedsvold highlighted for the Advisory Committee FABBS’s role in educating Members of Congress and their staff about the contributions of social and behavioral sciences to the

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FABBS Joins Effort to Urge Congress to Reject Administration’s Proposed R&D Cuts

May 25th, 2017

Spearheaded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 149 U.S. science, engineering, medical, health, and higher education organizations signed onto a letter urging Congress to reject the President’s proposed cuts to science in the FY 2018 appropriations bills. Although the President signaled in an earlier budget outline (called the “skinny” budget) that he would make severe cuts to some federal science agencies, the release of the full budget on

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NIH Rolling Out New Policy to Limit Support for Individual Grantees

May 25th, 2017

On May 2, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new policy, restricting the amount of support individual grantees may receive from the agency. In a statement, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said NIH was enacting this policy to ensure the agency is “exercising optimum stewardship of the funds that we receive from taxpayers.” NIH also said the policy is necessary to address an imbalance in the distribution of NIH grant funding. Data indicate that 10 percent

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