D.C. Research Weekly Report

House Approves 21st Century Cures Legislation
The House of Representatives today approved the 21st Century Cures Legislation (H.R.6) by a vote of 344 to 77. This legislation would provide long-needed funding increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including a “Cures Innovation Fund” of $1.75 billion in mandatory funding for each of five years, in addition to the appropriated (discretionary) funding.  The bill would also increase the authorization for the NIH by $1.5 billion for the next three years.  This is the strongest moving piece of legislation in support of the NIH in many years.
During floor consideration, Rep. David Brat (R-VA) offered an amendment which would have made the Innovation Fund discretionary rather than mandatory. The biomedical research community strongly opposed this amendment, which failed by a 
vote of 141 to 281. (APLU)

The only Michigan Member of Congress to vote against the bill was Congressman Amash.


Office of Management and Budget Issues FY 2017 Science and Technology Priorities
Yesterday, the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a memo to the heads of the science agencies regarding Multi-Agency Science and Technology Priorities for the FY2017 Budget. According to the memo, “Agency proposals aligned with multi-agency R&D priorities and demonstrating interagency coordination are more likely to be prioritized in FY2017 Budget deliberations.” (APLU)

Sen. Peters to Lead Effort on Research and Development Policy
U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who respectively serve as the chairman and ranking member of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) who chairs the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, today announced that Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) will lead the effort to gather input from the U.S. science and research community and other interested parties on federal research and development (R&D) policy priorities. 

The link to the full announcement can be read


Committee Activities
Tuesday, July 14
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee

Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness 
Hearing: Unlocking the Cures for America's Most Deadly Diseases
10:00 AM 253 Russell

Wednesday, July 15
Senate Special Committee on Aging
Hearings to examine diabetes research, focusing on improving lives on the path to a cure
2:15 PM G50 Dirksen

Thursday, July 16

Briefing: The Future Has Arrived: Research and Policy Implications of Autonomous Systems
11:30 - 1:00 PM 485 Russell
Ella Atkins, Professor, Aerospace Engineering, will be a panelist.

Nomination Announcements
National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is requesting nominations to fill at least 16 vacancies on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP).The NACNEP provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary and Congress in preparation of general regulations and concerning policy matters arising in the administration of Title VIII, including the range of issues related to nurse workforce education and practice improvement.

The Department of Health and Human Services is requesting at least 16 nominations for members of the NACNEP from leading authorities in the various fields of nursing, higher and secondary education, and associate degree schools of nursing; and from representatives of advanced education nursing groups (such as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and nurse anesthetists); from hospitals and other institutions and organizations which provide nursing services; from practicing professional nurses; from the general public; and full-time students enrolled in schools of nursing. The majority of NACNEP members shall be nurses. 

Application deadline: July 15, 2015. 
Read the full announcement here
Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists
The Prize is awarded annually to one young scientist for outstanding life science research for which he/she was awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years. The topic of the entrant's thesis research must be in one of the following categories: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Ecology and Environment, Translational Medicine. Eligible entrants must have been awarded their doctoral degree in 2013 or 2014, and the subject of their thesis should match one of the Subject Tracks below. The winners from each category will compete for the grand prize. US$30,000 for the grand prize winner, US$10,000 for each of the category winners. The grand prize winning essay will be published in Science and essays from the each of the category winners will be published online.

Application deadline: August 1, 2015. You can read more here.

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Biomedical Research Turning More to Private Funds
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21st Century Cures: Helping Americans Live Longer, Healthier Lives
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