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Week of September 10th - September 14th
Appropriations Update

This week, congressional negotiators unveiled and passed a compromise on the first FY2019 minibus, which contained funding for the Military Construction-VA, Energy-Water, and Legislative Branch Appropriations Acts (H.R. 5895). The Senate passed the minibus on Wednesday by a vote of 92-5 and the House of Representatives passed it on Thursday by a vote of 377-20. The President is expected to sign the bill.

In the Department of Energy section of the minibus, funding for the Office of Science was set at $6.585 billion, a 5.19 percent increase over FY2018 funding levels of $6.260 billion, or $235 million. Additionally, funding for ARPA-E was announced as $366 million for FY2019, compared to $353 million in FY2018, a 3.59 percent increase, or $13 million.

Last night, the conference reports were released on the minibus that contains the FY2019 Defense spending bill, along with FY2019 Labor-HHS-Education bills (H.R. 6157). Votes on the package are expected in the Senate as early as next week and in the House the week of September 24th. The Labor-HHS-Education agreement contains an additional $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bringing the total to $39.1 billion for FY2019, compared to $37.1 billion in FY2018. This amounts to a 5.4 percent increase.

Department of Defense research budgets also saw an increase in the final minibus agreement. Basic Research (6.1) saw an increase of 11.8 percent, or $276 million, between FY2018 and FY2019, bringing the total to $2.63 billion. Applied Research (6.2) funding was increased by 6.8 percent, or $386 million. The FY2019 total funding is $6.08 billion, compared to $5.68 billion in FY2018. Advanced Technology Development (6.3) received an additional 7.7 percent, or $524 million, leading to a budget of $7.36 billion for FY2019, compared to $6.84 billion in FY2018. Finally, DARPA also saw an increase of 11.7 percent, with funding for FY 2019 being set at $3.43 billion, an increase of $361 million over FY2018 levels of $3.07 billion.

This week, it was also announced that a continuing resolution (CR) would be attached to the Labor-HHS-Education-DOD minibus, in an attempt to avoid a presidential veto. The proposed CR would fund the government at current levels through December 7th and avoid a government shutdown at the end of this month.
Legislative Activities

Next week, September 17th-21st, the House of Representatives will be in recess and the Senate will be in session.

Committee Hearings

Tuesday, September 18th

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Reducing Health Care Costs: Examining How Transparency Can Lower Spending and Empower Patients
10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen

Senate Homeland Security Committee
Full Committee Hearing: The Implications of the Reinterpretation of the Flores Settlement Agreement for Border Security and Illegal Immigration Incentives
10:00 a.m., 342 Dirksen

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and the Coast Guard Hearing: Fish Fights: An Examination of Conflicts Over Ocean Resources
10:00 a.m., 538 Dirksen

Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Fintech: Examining Digitization, Data, and Technology
10:00 a.m., 538 Dirksen

American Institute of Physics Accepting Applications for State Department Fellowships

AIP is accepting applications for State Department Fellowships for the Fall 2019 term. These fellowships support the foreign policy challenges facing the State Department that have science/technical solutions. According to AIP, "this is a unique opportunity to contribute scientific and technical expertise to the Department and raise awareness of the value of scientific input. In turn, scientists broaden their experience by interacting with policymakers in the federal government and learning about the foreign policy process."

The deadline to submit is October 15, 2018. Further information is available here.

National Science Foundation Launches NSF 2026 Idea Machine Competition

The National Science Foundation announced the beginning of the NSF 2026 Idea Machine, an eight-week long competition that will help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. According to NSF, the competition is "an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF's mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the U.S. economy, enhance national security and advance knowledge to sustain the country's global leadership in science and engineering."

The deadline to submit is October 26, 2018. Further information is available here.


Department of Energy Launches Prize Competition to Boost Domestic Solar Manufacturing

This week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of the American-Made Solar Prize, a $3 million competition to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing. According to DOE, the program will support entrepreneurs as they develop transformative ideas into concepts and then into early-stage prototypes ready for industry testing. Entrepreneurial individuals and teams will compete through a series of three successive prize contests designed to develop new products to be made in America. To win the final prize, participants must identify an impactful solution that addresses critical challenges related to American solar competitiveness, create a proof of concept, and secure a committed partner to test a prototype.


The deadline to submit is October 5, 2018. Further information is available here.


Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program Accepting Applications

The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program is currently accepting applications from graduate students nationwide. 

According to DOE, the goal of the program is "to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities."

The deadline to apply is November 15, 2018. Further information is available here.


Funding Available: National Service Engagement Faculty Travel Support

The Office of the President now funds awards to support faculty travel for public engagement activities. 

According to the Office of the President, this funding is intended for any faculty member who has been specifically invited to attend and offer contributions because of their expertise at the national level and where travel funding is not otherwise provided. Such activities might include expert testimony to Congress, national leadership service, or involvement in national advisory positions. This initiative aligns with the president's emphasis on the importance of public engagement by members of the entire U-M community.
 
For more information on the travel awards or to apply, please visit the National Service Engagement Faculty Travel Support page.

Highlighting U-M Faculty Serving on Federal Advisory Committees:

 
We are proud to feature U-M faculty and staff who are serving on a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) in our weekly newsletter. Through FACs, faculty and staff live out U-M’s mission to serve the state, nation, and world by applying their knowledge and expertise to help shape and inform national policy. If you are currently serving on a FAC, or have recently been selected to serve, please let Kristina or Andrew know.

Professor Jan Stegemann


 
This month, we are featuring Dr. Jan Stegemann, Associate Chair for the Master’s Program and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Professor Stegemann’s research focuses on the use of extracellular environments to control cell function and promote tissue regeneration. The potential impacts of this research include bone regeneration and revascularization through cell therapy.
 
Professor Stegemann serves on the Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). According to the FDA, the Committee reviews and evaluates available data relating to the safety, effectiveness, and appropriate use of human cells, human tissues, gene transfer therapies and xenotransplantation products which are intended for transplantation, implantation, infusion and transfer in the prevention and treatment of a broad spectrum of human diseases and in the reconstruction, repair or replacement of tissues for various conditions. Professor Stegemann has served on the committee since 2016.
 
Through his work on the Committee, Professor Stegemann has contributed to the review of intramural research programs and directions at FDA, and provides advisory guidance regarding new cellular, tissue, and gene therapy products.
 
To learn more about Professor Stegemann’s background and research areas, please click here.
Nomination Announcements
 
Federal Advisory Committees:
 
Census Scientific Advisory Committee
The Bureau of the Census is requesting nominations of individuals to serve on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee. The Committee serves to assist the Director of the Census Bureau on the uses of scientific developments in statistical data collection, statistical analysis, survey methodology, geospatial analysis, econometrics, cognitive psychology, and computer science as they pertain to the full range of Census Bureau programs and activities. The member should have expertise in one of the following fields: demography, economics, geography, psychology, statistics, survey methodology, social and behavioral sciences, Information Technology and computing, marketing, communications.

Nominations are due September 25th, 2018. Further information is available here.
 
Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee
The Department of Commerce International Trade Administration is seeking nominations for membership on the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC). The purpose of the CINTAC is to provide advice to the Secretary of Commerce regarding the development and administration of programs to expand U.S. exports of civil nuclear goods and services in accordance with applicable U.S. laws and regulations.
 
Nominations are due September 28th, 2018. Further information is available here.
 
Department of Veterans Affairs Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee 
The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care is seeking nominations for membership on the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee. Committee members will be responsible for assessing the capability of the VA to provide high-quality geriatric, extended, and other health care services for Veterans. 
 
Nominations are due September 30th, 2018. Further information is available here.
 
Department of Commerce American Workforce Policy Advisory Board
The Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration is seeking nominations for membership on the newly formed American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. The Board will provide advice and recommendations to the National Council for the American Worker on ways to encourage the private sector and educational institutions to combat the skills crisis by investing in and increasing demand-driven education, training, and re-training, including training through apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities.
 
Nominations are due October 1st, 2018. Further information is available here.
 
CDC Board of Scientific Counselors Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (BSC OPHPR). According to the CDC, "nominees will be selected based on expertise in the fields of engineering, medicine, emergency response, and risk communication." 
 
Nominations are due October 15th, 2018. Further information is available here.
 
Millennium Challenge Corporation Economic Advisory Board
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is seeking nominations for membership on the newly created Economic Advisory Board (EAC). The EAC will serve as advisors to MCC economists, evaluators, leadership of the Department of Policy and Evaluation (DPE), and senior MCC leadership regarding relevant trends in development economics, applied economic and evaluation methods, poverty analytics, as well as modeling, measuring, and evaluating development interventions, including without limitation social and gender inequities. 
 
Nominations are due October 15th, 2018. Further information is available here.

NOAA Science Advisory Board 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the Department of Commerce is seeking nominations for the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB). Members of the SAB advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans, Atmosphere, and NOAA Administrator on long- and short-range strategies for research, education, and application of science to resource management and environmental assessment and prediction. Nominations are sought from those with expertise in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and data management; weather modeling and data assimilation; remote/autonomous sensing technology; ocean exploration science and technology; and `omics sciences.
 
Nominations are due October 15th, 2018. Further information is available here.

Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Committee
The Department of Commerce is seeking nominations for the Trade Finance Advisory Committee. The advisory committee advises the Secretary on the development of strategies and programs that would help expand access to finance for U.S. exporters, including small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and their foreign buyers. Nominations are sought from those with expertise in global business, trade finance, and international banking related subjects.
 
Nominations are due October 15th, 2018. Further information is available here.
 
Environmental Protection Agency Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations for ad hoc participants and potential members of the Toxic Substances Control Act Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (TSCA CACC). According to the EPA, nominees should have expertise in one of the following areas: "women's health; children's health; genetic variability; disproportionately exposed populations; aging; other susceptible populations; biochemistry; chemistry; epidemiology; human health risk assessment; pathology; PBPK modeling; pharmacology; ecological risk assessment; environmental fate; environmental toxicology; occupational, consumer, and general exposure assessment; toxicology; dose response modeling; environmental engineering; biostatistics; computational toxicology; fiber science; inhalation toxicology; volatile organics; and systematic review."

Nominations are due October 29th, 2018. Further information is available here.
 
FDA Device Good Manufacturing Practice Advisory Committee and Medical Devices Advisory Committee
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to serve on the Medical Devices Advisory Committee, as well as a number of advisory committees within the Medical Devices Advisory Committee. The committees accepting nominations include:
  • Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Anesthesiology and Respiratory Therapy Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Circulatory System Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Dental Products Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Gastroenterology and Urology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Hematology and Pathology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Immunology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Medical Devices Dispute Resolution Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Microbiology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Molecular and Clinical Genetics Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Neurological Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
  • Radiological Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee
Nominations are due October 22nd. Further information is available here.
 
CDC Board of Scientific Counselors, Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors in the Office of Infectious Diseases (BSC, OID). The Board is comprised of 17 experts in fields related to issues impacting national infectious disease centers, including respiratory diseases, antimicrobial resistance, food-borne diseases, zoonotic and vector-borne diseases, sexually transmitted diseases. Additionally, experts are being sought in other specialties that would benefit the Board, including clinical and public health practice (including state and local health departments), research and diagnostics, bioinformatics, health policy/communications, and industry.

Nominations are due October 31st, 2018. Further information is available here.
 
CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). The HICPAC consists of 14 experts in fields including but not limited to, infectious diseases, infection prevention, healthcare epidemiology, nursing, clinical microbiology, surgery, hospitalist medicine, internal medicine, epidemiology, health policy, health services research, public health, and related medical fields. Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishments of the committee's objectives. 

Nominations are due November 1st, 2018. Further information is available here.

World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee 
The CDC is soliciting nominations for membership on the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). At this time the Administrator is seeking nominations for members fulfilling the following categories: 
  • Environmental medicine or environmental health specialist
  • Occupational physician;
  • Pulmonary physician;
  • Representative of WTC responders;
  • Representative of certified-eligible WTC survivors. 
Nominations are due November 16th, 2018. Further information is available here.
 
HRSA Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates for appointment as members of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). The ACTPCMD provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (Secretary), the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on matters concerning policy, program development, and other matters of significance concerning the medicine and dentistry activities.
 
Nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.

HRSA Council on Graduate Medical Education
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates for appointment as members of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME). COGME provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS; the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on matters concerning the supply and distribution of physicians in the United States, physician workforce trends, training issues, financing policies, and other matters of significance related to physician workforce and graduate medical education.
 
Nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.
 
HRSA National Advisory Council on Migrant Health
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting nominations to fill vacancies on the National Council on Migrant Health (NACMH). The NACMH consults with and makes recommendations to the HHS Secretary and the HRSA Administrator concerning the organization, operation, selection, and funding of migrant health centers.
 
The agency will receive nominations on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.
 
NSF Advisory Committee Openings
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting nominations for positions available on its scientific and technical federal advisory committees. There are 13 advisory committees accepting nominations including:
  • Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences
  • Advisory Committee for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure
  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources
  • Advisory Committee for Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Geosciences
  • Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Business and Operations
  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee
The federal register notice, with details on how to submit names, is available here. Nominations for membership are maintained for one year.
 
National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Advisory Committees
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting nominations for appointment to nine existing Federal Advisory Committees:
  • Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award;
  • Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award;
  • Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board;
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board;
  • National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee;
  • Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction;
  • NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee;
  • Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology.
Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Further information is available here.
 
Council on Graduate Medical Education
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accpeting nominations to fill vacancies on the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME). The COGME provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services and members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on matters related to: supply of physicians in the U.S., physician workforce trends, training issues, and financing policies.

The agency will receive nominations on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.



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