Federal Relations

President Obama Nominates New NIH Director

Today, President Barack Obama nominated Francis S. Collins as the new Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Collins served as Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at NIH from 1993-2008. He is a physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project.

DoD Announces New DARPA Director

Yesterday, July 6th, the Department of Defense announced the appointment of Regina E. Dugan as the new Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Dugan has held several positions in industry, most recently as president and chief executive officer of RedXDefense, a company that develops defense against explosive threats. She worked at

NOAA OAR FY10 Appropriations Update

Late Thursday of last week, the House passed (by a vote of 259-157) its fiscal 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) measure, HR 2847. The House measure provides $4.6 B for NOAA, and strongly supports NOAA research. The request for the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) in the FY 2010 President’s Budget (PB) is fully funded,

COGR Releases Summer Update

The Council on Government Relations (COGR) has released its summer 2009 update, which details new and proposed federal agency guidelines of interest to the higher education community. Topics discussed include: NIH Stem Cell Guidelines Scientific Integrity IRB Accountability NIH Financial Conflicts of Interest Update on Recovery Act Activities and Issues  F&A Rate Proposals and Negotiations

Secretary of Education Calls for Measurable School Reforms

FOR RELEASE: June 8, 2009  Contact: John White, Press Secretary (202) 401-1576 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said today that school reforms should be monitored and judged by results that can be backed up by research proving their effectiveness. Speaking at the fourth annual conference of the Institute of Education Sciences, Duncan told an

DOE Issues Grant Solicitation for Wind Energy Consortia between Universities and Industry

June 02, 2009 DOE has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled, “Recovery Act: Wind Energy Consortia between Institutions of Higher Learning and Industry.” This funding was originally announced by Secretary Chu on April 29. The FOA provides $24 million for the development of consortia between universities and industry to focus on critical wind energy

President Obama Nominates Former Congressman to Chair NEH

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary _________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 3, 2009 President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate former GOP Congressman Jim Leach as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate former Republican Congressman Jim Leach as Chairman of the

NSF to Move to Fastlane Only

NSF Dear Colleague Letter Dear Colleagues: Due to an expected increase in Grants.gov submissions relating to the processing of Recovery Act proposals, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has authorized agencies to use alternative methods for proposal submission and acceptance. As you know, NSF is able to accept directly its full complement of proposals,

NOAA Day on the Hill

Wednesday May 20th is NOAA Day on the Hill. This year’s theme is “NOAA Knows Climate.” UW Federal Relations staff will be in attendance. 3rd Annual NOAA Day on Capitol Hill NOAA Day Exhibits and Displays Wednesday, May 20, 2009 – 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – The Foyer – Rayburn House Office Building See

NSF Releases Recovery Act Procedures

The National Science Foundation has taken the step, already completed by most agencies, of releasing procedures for Recovery Act funding. The NSF Recovery terms and conditions are availabe here.

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