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FABBS reports on items of interest to many communities – scientists, policymakers, and the public. In our news, you will see updates on science funding and policy, articles that translate research for policy, and descriptions of the research contributions of scientists at all stages of their research careers.

Negotiations on FY2021 Budget and COVID-19 Relief Continue

December 16, 2020

On the afternoon of Friday, December 11th, the day that the previous continuing resolution (CR) was set to expire, the Senate approved a one-week CR to keep the federal government open through December 18th. The measure, which extends FY 2020 funding levels, was signed into law by the President, avoiding a government shutdown. Lawmakers claim that the one-week extension is intended to provide the time needed to complete their work on an omnibus for FY 2021 spending bills.

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FABBS Submits Comments on NIMH RFI on Improving Mental Health Outcomes Among Diverse Populations and NIH-wide COVID-19 Strategic Plan

December 16, 2020

FABBS responded to a Request for Information issued by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on “Fostering Innovative Research to Improve Mental Health Outcomes Among Minority and Health Disparities Populations.” In the comments, FABBS expressed support for this important portfolio and for NIMH to continue examining the effects of discrimination, as well as ways to help mitigate the effects. Comments recommended that the research agenda include an analysis of

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NSF Releases Two Important Comment Opportunities, NSB and SBE Advisory Committee Meet

December 16, 2020

NSF RFIs

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released a Dear Colleague Letter on Interdisciplinary Frontiers of Understanding the Brain. The Request for Information (RFI) invites responses to the two prompts below. Responses to this RFI will inform future NSF investments that address the opportunities identified. Responses are due on March 31, 2021.

Describe the interdisciplinary frontier to be explored. Describe the perspectives and interactions

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President Trump Appoints Eight Members to NBES

December 15, 2020

After years of inaction, and one month before his term expires, Donald Trump appointed eight members to the National Board of Education Sciences. NBES provides guidance to the director of the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. The appointees appear to have no experience in education research.

NBES, a 15-member presidentially appointed board, has been without a quorum since the end of the Obama administration,

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