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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.

Work on the ‘Nation’s Report Card’ Continues with Focus on COVID-19

Earlier this month, the Department of Education announced a large scale survey, the “NAEP 2021 School Survey”, to gather vital data on the impact of COVID-19 on students and the status of in-person learning. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often called “The Nation’s Report Card”, has been conducted nearly every year since its inception in 1969 by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), an

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

Each year the National Science Foundation (NSF) prepares an analysis of the merit review process for the National Science Board (NSB). The recently released 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 recently

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February Proves a Busy Month for NIH Advisory Councils

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Advisory Council met on February 2, 2021(Videocast). Director Diana W. Bianchi, M.D, began with the customary “directors report” providing a funding update, NICHD will receive $1.59 billion for fiscal year (FY) 21, a $66 million increase from the previous year. Of this money, $12.6 million is allocated for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act and another $65 million for INCLUDE (INvestigation of Co-occurring

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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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