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NIH Council of Councils Holds Spring Meeting

On May 20 and 21, the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) convened for  two days of presentations including many of particular importance to behavioral and cognitive science communities.  

Dr. William Riley, Director of Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), delivered a report, “Trans-NIH Research Opportunities in the Basic Behavioral and Social

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NASEM Workshop Explores Culture of Data Management and Sharing

On April 28 – 29, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) hosted a workshop for researchers, institutions, and funders to examine strategies to promote effective data management and sharing. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the workshop also sought to assess stakeholder preparedness for implementation of the agency’s final policy for data management and sharing for all NIH-funded research beginning January 25, 2023. Maryann

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FABBS Submits Comments on NIH UNITE Initiative

Last month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis S. Collins announced the UNITE initiative to identify short-term and long-term actions to end structural racism and improve the diversity and inclusion of talent within the NIH scientific workforce. 

UNITE is named for five separate, but coordinating objective-based committees: 

Committee U – Understanding stakeholder experiences through listening and learning Committee N

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President Biden Releases ‘Skinny’ Budget

On April 9, the Administration released the President’s “Skinny” Budget, an overview of the in-depth funding request for fiscal year (FY) 2022 that is expected in the coming months. While lacking detail, the budget provides important insights into the new Administration’s priorities. Overall, the request proposes $769 billion in non-defense discretionary spending, a 16 percent increase, and $754 billion in defense spending, a 1.7 percent increase.

The President notes that,

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