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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.

Congress Passes Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package

April 30, 2020

Over the past seven weeks, Congress has passed four supplemental bills, approaching a total of $3 trillion, to help address the health and economic consequences of COVID-19. The most recent package, HR 266, was signed into law on Friday, April 24th. FABBS has reported on the first three packages. The final vote for the $483 billion relief measure followed two weeks of contentious negotiations. Initially, the White House requested $251 billion to replenish a

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NICHD and SBE Leadership Meet with Scientific Communities

April 30, 2020

While obeying ‘stay at home’ orders, leaders of federal agencies supporting behavioral sciences continue working to advance our fields and to meet, at least virtually, with the scientific community.

On Wednesday, April 22, Dr. Diana Bianchi, director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), addressed the Friends of NICHD with an update on recent activities. 

Dr. Bianchi shared highlights from her testimony before the House along

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NSF Receives Funding in Stimulus

The National Science Foundation (NSF) plays a critical role supporting research to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus and mitigate physical, emotional and economic consequences. NSF received $75 million in the most recent stimulus package, the CARES Act, to help “prevent, prepare for, and respond” to the pandemic.

In addition to base support, NSF has a mechanism, Rapid Response Research (RAPID), to fast-track time-sensitive ideas and enables the agency to help fight the pandemic

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FY 21 Budget and Future Funding for COVID

April 15, 2020

Last Friday, House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) shared preliminary subcommittee spending allocations, referred to as 302(b)s, giving subcommittees the green light to move forward with their budgets. FABBS signed letters in support of robust 302(b) allocations for subcommittees with jurisdiction over the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and Institute of Education Sciences.

Subcommittee leaders are expected

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