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Bipartisan Lawmakers Introduce Plan to Double NSF Funding, Add New Directorate
On March 26, leaders on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the National Science Foundation (NSF) through 2026 and more than double its budget in that time.
Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) along with Subcommittee on Research and Technology Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) and Ranking Member Michael Waltz (R-FL) co-sponsored the National Science Foundation for the Future Act. NSFread more
NIH Surveys: Outcomes of COVID-19 Impact on Research
On March 25, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research announced the findings from surveys issued in October 2020, which aimed to identify and document the impact of COVID-19 on extramural research and their researchers. The two surveys assessed the perspectives of (1) research administration leaders and (2) individual researchers at extramural institutions regarding ongoing and anticipated issues in research productivity as affected by the pandemic. Here is theread more
NIH Extends Registration Flexibility for Clinical Trials
Following consideration by National Library of Medicine (NLM), the unit at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that oversees the ClinicalTrials.gov database, NIH has extended flexibilities for registration and results reporting for studies submitted to Basic Experimental Studies Involving Humans (BESH) funding opportunities. This policy flexibility has been extended through September 24, 2023, it was slated to expire on September 24, 2021. Refer to NOT-OD-21-088 forread more
New Legislation Would Double Basic Research Funding Over 10 Years
On March 23, Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, led by Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), reintroduced the Securing American Leadership in Science and Technology Act (SALSTA).
The bill would double basic research funding over 10 years at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. As written, the bill is framed as a response toread more