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News from FABBS

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.

While Awaiting President’s Budget Request, Congress Advances COVID Relief

White House Budget Update

The first Monday of February has come and gone without a Presidential Budget Request for fiscal year (FY) 2022. This is fairly standard in the first year of a new administration, particularly one that is simultaneously managing other funding bills as well as significant procedural and leadership changes. In addition, White House officials say the work of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been further delayed due to obstructionist behavior from outgoing

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NSF Releases Merit Review Digest and SED, FABBS Submits Comments on Strategic Plan

February 16, 2021

Each year the National Science Foundation (NSF) prepares an analysis of the merit review process for the National Science Board (NSB). The digest  shows that in 2019, 4,262 proposals (for $2.8 billion) that were rated “Very Good” or higher had to be declined. The digest also contains a description of the merit review process, funding rates, types of proposals, statistics of underrepresented groups with proposals, and award distribution.

NSF has also released

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Upcoming Webinars on Data Sharing and Health and Education Research to Policy

February 3, 2021

FABBS is pleased to announce two webinars this month that we would like to highlight.

Data Sharing and Citation: How Societies Can Make a DifferenceFriday, February 5 at 10:00 am ET

This is the first in a 12-part series to provide societies and their journals with information and resources to increase relevant and meaningful data sharing. The speakers for this session are:

Shelley Stall, American Geophysical Union (bio)Juliane Baron, Federation of

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OBSSR Working Groups Featured at NIH Council of Councils

February 3, 2021

The NIH Council of Councils met virtually on January 29 with the behavioral and social sciences prominent on the agenda. A recording of the meeting is available on NIH Video Cast.

The Council is made up of 27 members, selected from NIH Institutes and Centers (IC) Advisory Councils, representatives nominated by the Office of the Director program offices, and broad lay representation. The purpose of the Council is to advise the NIH Director on matters related to the

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