ASCB comments on Trump FY18 budget

The Trump Administration has released its final, detailed FY18 federal budget and it is just what was expected: short on funding. The Trump proposal calls for an 18% overall cut for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) with individual cuts for NIH Institutes and  … Read more

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Top Scientists Band Together to Rescue Biomedical Research

A team of prominent scientists today announced a collaboration to address the crisis facing biomedical research. The initiative, called Rescuing Biomedical Research, aims to change the way U.S biomedical research is conducted and how trainees are prepared for careers. The “Rescuing Biomedical Research Steering Committee”  … Read more

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A Little Something for Everyone at the Congressional Dim Sum Buffet

  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the agency of Congress that provides nonpartisan budget analysis to members of Congress, released a review of the FY2015 federal budget at the end of August. Like the dim sum menu at a Chinese restaurant, it had a little  … Read more

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Cafeteria Science—House Science Committee Chows Down on Core Menu

A new menu is being written on Capitol Hill by congressional leaders determined to change the taste of federal science funding. As the House of Representatives begins its work on the FY16 federal budget, words like “core,” “pure,” “important,” and “hard” are being used to  … Read more

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Inside the Mind of NIGMS—You Never Know Where the Next CRISPR Will Come From

If there ever was a Golden Age in bioscience research, it was 1998-2003, or so say those who lived through it. This was the time of the fabled doubling in the NIH budget. It launched many a young investigator’s career and doubled (or tripled) the  … Read more

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House Science Committee Reforms or Handcuffs the NSF? Your Perception Is Your Reality

Earlier this year, the internet went crazy over the color of a dress posted on the web. Was the dress white and gold or blue and black? It looked white and gold to me but the real color of the dress was said to be  … Read more

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After a Long Deep Freeze, the NIH Budget Might Be in Bloom Again on Capitol Hill

There is a certain smell in the air on Capitol Hill these days. While spring break tourists might credit the tulips and cherry blossoms in bloom all over the grounds of the Capitol, science policy advocates are sniffing the sweet smell of renewed support for  … Read more

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NIH Puts Out an RFI for Your Thoughts on Future of Research Enterprise

Be bold. Be insightful. Be wise. NIH wants your thoughts on the impact and sustainability of the biomedical research enterprise. Specifically, NIH wants comments in these areas: Key issues that currently limit the impact of NIH’s funding for biomedical research and challenge the sustainability of  … Read more

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Creative Investigators, Not Specific Aims, Will Get Increased NIGMS Support

At NIH, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is shaking things up. In its just published 5-Year Plan NIGMS is promising funding mechanisms that support scientists rather than specific projects while developing a skilled and diverse research workforce, trained for a range of  … Read more

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Where to Find Research Funding Opportunities

Love it or hate it, your long-term research progress usually depends on grant funding. Particularly for new PIs, getting this funding can sometimes seem like a yawning black hole that sucks in early-career researchers who will never be heard from again. But fear not, because we  … Read more

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