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Hill Updates: NSF Reauthorization and Funding for Health Research

November 18, 2021

National Science Foundation 

This week the House and Senate agreed to begin official negotiations on a package of legislation which includes National Science Foundation Reauthorization, as previously reported on in the FABBS newsletter. Earlier this year, the House and Senate passed dramatically different versions of the legislation, and have been unable to reconcile differences. Senate Majority Leader Schumer attempted to attach the Senate version to a must-pass

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NSF in Reconciliation

November 2, 2021

Some Science Spending Survives Reconciliation Bill Pruning 

Last week, House Democrats introduced a new version of their partisan reconciliation bill just after the White House released its framework for slimming down the House’s initial $3.5 trillion, multiyear legislation to around $1.75 trillion. Some lawmakers are pushing for a vote on the measure this week, in conjunction with the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes about $500 billion in new

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New NIH-Wide Strategic Plan: Increased Emphasis for the Brain and Behavioral Sciences

August 12, 2021

NIIH-Wide Strategic Plan Framework Graphic. Adapted from the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the updated NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, modifying key objectives, identifying cross cutting themes, and setting bold predictions.

Though each of the 27 Institutes and Centers composing the NIH have their own strategic plans and individual missions, Congress included a mandate for the NIH to develop an

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NSB Discusses Diversity in STEM at August Meeting

The National Science Board (NSB) convened virtually on August 3-4 for its quarterly meeting overseeing the National Science Foundation (NSF). The open sessions of the meeting featured updates from NSF staff and discussions about the Vision 2030 initiative and tools for broadening participation in science and engineering.

The Committee on External Engagement led a presentation and discussion focused on the role of community colleges in creating opportunities to develop STEM talent across

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