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Week of December 16th - 20th

Appropriations Update

This week, the House of Representatives and Senate approved a $1.37 trillion spending deal that would fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020). President Trump is widely expected to sign the measure into law later this evening. The spending measure includes all 12 appropriations bills divided into two packages, known as "minibuses". The minibuses are overall good news for scientific research, with most research agencies receiving an increase in funding. 

Below is a table put together by the U-M DC Office with funding levels for specific federal research agencies and programs.
 
Discretionary Spending, in millions of $
  FY2019 Enacted FY2020 President Request FY2020 Spending Package Increase/
Decrease
% Change
National Institute of Health 39,084 34,368 41,684 2,600 6.65%
National Science Foundation 8,075 7,100 8,278.33 203 2.52%
NIST Manufacturing Extension Program 140 5 146 6 4.29%
EPA S&T 706 463 716.45 10 1.48%
DOE Office of Science 6,585 5,500 7,000 415 6.30%
ARPA-E 366 0 425 59 16.12%
NASA Science Mission Directorate 6,905 6,394 7,139.90 235 3.40%
NASA Aeronautics 725 667 783.9 59 8.12%
NASA Space Technology* 927 1,146 1,100 173 18.66%
NASA Space Grant 44 0 48 4 9.09%
NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research 525 309 548.38 23 4.45%
DOD Science and Technology (6.1-6.3) 15,960 14,135 16,07.88 114 0.71%
DOD Basic Research (6.1) 2,529 3,556 2,603.35 74 2.92%
DARPA 3,432 3,556 3,458.32 26 0.77%
*Renames the Space Technology account as the "Exploration Technology" account.

If you have any additional questions, or would like to see a full summary of the FY19 Appropriations, please reach out to Madeline Nykaza

News articles relating to federal research funding in the FY2020 spending bill: 

Nominations Update
 
On December 18th, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Sethuraman Panchanathan to be the Director of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Panchanathan is the Executive Vice President and the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Arizona State University, and has been a member of the National Science Board since 2014. The NSF announcement of Dr. Panchanathan's nomination can be found here.

Legislative Activities

Next week, the House of Representatives and the Senate are out for their winter recess. They will be back in session in the new year. 
 

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.


Fellowship Resources for Faculty and Students

The Office of Federal Relations for Research maintains a listing of available S&T policy fellowships for members of the Michigan community at all levels, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty.
 
For more information about these opportunities and to see the listings, please visit the Federal Relations for Research website here.

Nomination Announcements
 
Federal Advisory Committees:
 
HHS Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of individuals to serve on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). According to HHS, the IACC Committee will, among other things, monitor autism spectrum disorder research, and to the extent practicable, services and support activities, across all relevant Federal departments and agencies and develop a summary of advances in autism spectrum disorder research related to causes, prevention, treatment, early screening, diagnosis or ruling out a diagnosis; interventions, including school and community-based interventions, and access to services and supports for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. 

Nominations are due January 17, 2020. Further information is available here

NMFS NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce, is seeking nominations for appointment to a new task force of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) to support its advisory work for the Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource matters. The task force will provide expert advice on the generation, delivery, and use of electronically reported data from private recreational anglers to assist NMFS in fulfilling its mission activities. NMFS will appoint the members in consultation with MAFAC and they will serve for a term of up to two years. The terms will begin in Spring 2020.

Nominations are due on January 21, 2020. Further information is available here
 
CDC Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations of membership on the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC). CLIAC provides scientific and technical advice to the Department of Health and Human Services, and is made up of members with diverse backgrounds of laboratory specialties, professional roles (laboratory management, technical, physicians, nurses) and practice settings (academic, clinical, public health). Nominees will be selected based on expertise in microbiology, immunology, chemistry, hematology, pathology, or genetic testing.

Nominations are due March 1, 2020. Further information is available here.
 

*NEW*: HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Prevention and Treatment
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates for consideration for appointment as members of the Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT). CHACHSPT advises the HHS Secretary, the CDC Director, and the HRSA Administrator on objectives, strategies, policies, and priorities for HIV, viral hepatitis, and STD prevention and treatment efforts. 

Nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.


HRSA Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation
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 Organ Transplantation (ACOT). The ACOT provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (Secretary) on matters concerning policy, program development, and other matters of significance concerning organ transplantation.
 
Nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.
 
HRSA Advisory Committee on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations for membership on the Advisory Committee on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation (ACBSCT). The ACBSCT provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on matters concerning policy, program development, scientific advances, and other matters of significance concerning blood stem cell transplantation.
 
Nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis. 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 eight 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 accepting 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.



News Articles

 

New Space Image Reveals a Cosmic 'Candy Cane'

In Published Work, Male Scientists Sing Their Own Praises More




Science Groups, Senator Warn Trump Administration Not to Change Publishing Rules


NIH to Extend Deadline for Public Comment on Pain Management Task Force
2019 Research Highlights - Promising Medical Findings
 
United Launch Alliance successfully launches Boeing's Starliner spacecraft atop its Atlas V rocket on Dec. 20, 2019 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 41. The spacecraft, however, was unable to reach the correct orbit to rendezvous with the International Space Station and is scheduled to land at White Sands, New Mexico on Dec. 22, 2019.
Boeing Starliner Launches Into Wrong Orbit After Clock Problem

 

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