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.

Important Changes to the Common Rule on Human Subjects Research go into Effect

January 24, 2019

After many years in the making, the compliance date – January 21, 2019 – for the revised Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46 Subpart A), known as the Common Rule, has finally come.

FABBS societies welcome two key changes to the Common Rule: exemption for benign behavioral interventions and limited IRB review option, when appropriate.

The new rule creates an exemption from IRB review for research involving benign behavioral interventions. 

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NICHD Seeking Comments for Strategic Plan

January 24, 2019 (Updated Feb 22, 2019)

On January 2, 2019, The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a Request for Information regarding their strategic plan for 2020 – 2024. The plan is expected to strongly influence NICHD’s future research directions and funding decisions, including the level of support for behavioral and brain sciences. Accordingly, it is essential that NICHD hear from our community.

NICHD Director Dr. Diana

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New Congress and Committee Membership Announcements

January 24, 2019

Members of the 116th U.S. Congress were sworn in to office on January 3, 2019. Taking the majority in the House, Democrats are now chairing House committees with Republicans serve as ranking members. Through a combination of retirements and losses, House Committees with jurisdiction over science have seen significant changes in leadership.

In the House, Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) moved from ranking member to chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce,

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Partial Shutdown Continues, New OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier

January 24, 2019

At press time, the 2019 partial federal government shutdown entered its 34th day, making it the longest government shutdown in history. Without a clear end in sight, the behavioral and brain research community is feeling the consequences.

The National Science Foundation, a critical support for behavioral and brain research, is one of the agencies affected by the partial shutdown. NSF is able to accept applications online during the shutdown. However, NSF program officers

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