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ARPA-H Listening Sessions Wrap-up

As previously reported by FABBS, the Biden Administration has proposed the creation of a new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) at the National Institutes of Health. Over the summer the NIH and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted 15 listening sessions to get feedback on the proposal. The sessions were held to understand the opportunities and barriers to accelerating health research breakthroughs with input from nearly 250

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House Committee Discusses the Balance of Open Science and Global Competition

October 6, 2021

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology met on October 5 for a hearing to examine Balancing Open Science and Security in the U.S. Research Enterprise. Members of Congress expressed concern over increasing threats to sensitive information from foreign countries looking to gain an advantage in global research and development competition. Nonetheless, Representatives on both sides of the aisle communicated their commitment to openness and

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Budget Update: House Passes Bill that Combines Short Term Funding with Lifting Debt Limit

September 22, 2021

Congress continues to inch closer to a number of key deadlines in the coming weeks. Most importantly, government funding expires on September 30 and the federal debt limit will be reached sometime in October. If Congress fails to pass appropriations and lift the debt limit, the government will shut down and the Treasury will be unable to meet its financial obligations. 

On September 21, the House of Representatives passed a bill combining short-term

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FABBS Responds to RFI on Climate and Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Climate Change and Human Health Working Group recently sought stakeholder input on approaches and priorities that NIH should consider adopting to enhance research on the health implications of climate change. FABBS responded on behalf of our community, with a focus on how the behavioral sciences can be leveraged across NIH to maximize the health benefits of federal investments in climate research. Read FABBS’ full comments. 

We encouraged NIH to

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