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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.

Federal Budget Process Shows Promising Signs for Research Funding

July 15, 2021

While attention in Congress remains focused on major infrastructure spending proposals, the annual appropriations process continues to move forward, with encouraging signs for federal research investment. On July 13, the House Appropriations Subcommittees considered spending bills that include the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The full Committee meets to consider the legislation on July

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Advisory Committee to the Director – Updates from the NIH

June 18, 2021

The Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held its 122nd meeting on June 10th and 11th to provide expert guidance on a range of timely topics.

See the June 10th agenda and video.

See the June 11th agenda and video.

NIH Director, Francis S. Collins, opened the meeting with a report on endeavors in different areas and disciplines of science across the NIH that continue to progress despite restrictions of convening in person. He

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Endless Frontier Act Takes on New Form, Passes Senate

After an eventful process that saw the bill molded into different variations, the Endless Frontier Act (EFA) passed the Senate on Tuesday, June 8th, as part of a larger package labeled the United States Innovation and Competition Act, or USICA, aimed at bolstering American competitiveness with China. 

Initially, EFA was a proposal to create a new $100 billion technology Directorate within the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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House Committee Advances NSF for the Future Act

On June 15, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology took the next step in advancing the bipartisan National Science Foundation for the Future Act, which FABBS has endorsed. After incorporating a number of amendments, the committee voted unanimously to advance the bill, paving the way for its consideration before the whole House. The bill authorizes funding increases at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the next five years and would adopt important new policies, including

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