News from FABBS

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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Feldman Barrett Highlights Need to Integrate Neuroscience and Behavioral Science

April 20th, 2017

At a Friday morning meeting of behavioral and social science representatives at NIH, Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, Northeastern University, called for a greater integration of neuroscience with behavioral science as well as the need for a cumulative science to advance research and knowledge. Feldman Barrett addressed the NIH’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee, a group of behavioral and social scientists selected by each of the NIH Institute and

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President Launches Effort to Reorganize Federal Agencies

March 15th, 2017

In one of the latest Executive Orders to come out of the White House, the President directed the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to put together a “comprehensive” plan to “reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies. . . , components of agencies, and agency programs.”

The process will begin with agency heads submitting to the OMB Director, within 180 days, proposed plans for their agencies. The OMB Director will

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Silverstein Makes “Eye-Opening” Presentation at NIH

With the assistance of FABBS, scientists from our member scientific societies are sharing cutting-edge research with key members of the behavioral and social sciences research community at NIH. On Feb. 3rd, Dr. Steven Silverstein, Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Director of Research for Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, spoke to members of the NIH’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR-CC) about his research

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