A Bill in the House of Representatives (HR 3699) sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa, the Research Works Act, seeks to block federal policy requiring free access to federally funded biomedical research results. While this Bill has gotten some attention as…

The National Science Board, NSF’s oversight body, will maintain the two Merit Review Criteria – Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact – according to a new report recently published. The Board determined that both criteria were important and appropriate. They have…

The Advisory Committee to the Director of NIH has issued a Request for Information to collect information from the community that can be used to develop recommendations regarding the “management, integration, and analysis of research data and administrative data.  Comments…

NIH has announced the establishment of a new center, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), which will focus on supporting identifying and overcoming barriers that slow the development of effective medical treatments and cures. At the same time, the National Center for Research…

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently published The Economic Impact of Publicly Funded Research Conducted by AAMC-Member Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals. In 2009, the report noted, federal- and state-funded research by medical schools and teaching hospitals added…

The US Congress passed an omnibus bill to fund remaining government departments including the NIH late last week and over the weekend. In the final bill, the NIH salary cap was set at Executive Level II, currently $179,700. This represents…

In a report  released this week, The Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GATB) made several recommendations to improve federal spending transparency. Recommendations include: (1) Expanding on tools and techniques developed by the Transparency Board through its Recover Operations Center and…