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.

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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Biden Signs Dozens of EOs in First Weeks as President

February 3, 2021

Since taking office on January 20th, President Biden has issued dozens of Executive Orders (EOs) on a wide range of topics — COVID-19, climate change, criminal detention agencies, to name a few — many revoking EOs issued by the former administration. The full list is on The White House site and in the Federal Registry. Below are several EOs particularly relevant to FABBS members.

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) – This EO established

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