News from FABBS

NSF Symposium Celebrates 70th Anniversary

February 27, 2020

Earlier this month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) hosted a 70th Anniversary Symposium to reflect on the past, celebrate accomplishments, consider the current scientific landscape, and look towards the future. Please see a webcast of the day and a half long event (event agenda).

Established by Congress in 1950, the mission of the NSF is “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national

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Clinical Trial Definition Continues to Cause Confusion

February 12, 2020

Towards the end of January, FABBS started receiving emails from worried researchers saying their proposals to NIH had been withdrawn before review because they were not classified as clinical trials, and perception was that they should have been. As readers may recall, in October 2014, NIH expanded their definition of clinical trials to include Basic Experimental Studies involving Humans (BESH). While the enforcement of registration in for BESH had been

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NIMH Strategic Plan Update, New BRAIN Initiative Director

February 12, 2020

The Advisory Council for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) met on Tuesday, February 4. NIMH is currently in the process of updating their strategic plan. A request for feedback went out to the community on December 2, 2019 with comments due on January 1, 2020. NIMH then provided an two additional weeks to comment, pushing back their timeline to present their revisions to Council to their next meeting on May 19th, 2020.

Dr. Gordon, NIMH Director, explained

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NSB Releases Report on the State of U.S. Science

January 29, 2020

On January 15, the National Science Board released a new and improved version of previous reports –  The State of U.S. Science and Engineering. A briefing on Capitol Hill included information from chapters on science and math education, higher education, the technical workforce, and scientific publications. NSF will release four more chapters in the coming months —reporting global spending patterns, academic research, trade and industry, knowledge transfer, and

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