$2 billion boost for NIH in Senate spending bill A Senate spending panel has approved a $2 billion (6.2%) increase in the National Institutes of Health budget. A large proportion of this increase is for specific initiatives, such as Alzheimer’s research and brain-mapping projects. While this news is promising, the prospects for bills being approved by Congress […]

Meeting with Representative Lance, U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 7th congressional district

The fact that consistent funding for biomedical research has decreased over the years is known to everyone who works in basic science. Indeed, it is a reason for many to leave the field altogether and explore other options.  I wondered if there was something I could actively do to understand how funding at a federal […]

With the upcoming referendum on UK membership in the EU, British citizen and MIT postdoctoral fellow Peter Harvey discusses his views on the debate and what it could mean for UK science. Note, all views expressed are the personal opinions of the author (a UK scientist living in the US) and don’t represent an official stance from […]

AAAS Science and Technology policy fellowships provide opportunities to scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm by serving in the federal government. Disclaimer from Reba: The views and opinions expressed here are entirely my own and should not be construed to reflect or represent […]

WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES THE NATIONAL MICROBIOME INITIATIVE The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has announced a new Naional Microbiome Initiative (NMI) to encourage the integrated study of microbiomes across differenct ecosystems. The NMI involves Federal agencies and private-sector stakeholders, with a combined Federal agency investment of more than $121 million in 2016/17. […]

It has been almost impossible to escape the primary race here in the US and, as a currently New England residing ’alien’ from the original England, I know it has also had a certain morbid curiosity overseas too. With the primaries starting to reach their conclusions, we thought it would be a good time to look […]

SENATE MOVING QUICKLY ON ENERGY BILL The Senate are trying to rapidly push through a Department of Energy appropriations bill that would increase funding by $50 million to the Office of Science, but funding to the fusion project ITER for the 3rd year in a row. The White House have indicated they may veto the bill, […]

‘SPARE’ EBOLA MONEY TO FUND ZIKA RESEARCH The White House has announced reallocating $589 million from Ebola response funds towards combatting the Zika virus. However, this falls far short of the $2 billion requested by the White House from Congress, who have yet to act on the emergency funding request. Money has already been diverted […]

The culture of academic science is growing increasingly pessimistic. Scientists at dinner tables around the country can be heard worrying about funding and wondering if their research will be able to go on. On this episode of Glimpse, Christin discusses how US science funding has gotten to a 40 yr low and how AFS is engaging […]

In future posts, we plan to explore aspects of the science funding process, and the effects of funding on scientists and society at large. Stay tuned!