Federal Relations

DOE Announces Recovery Act Grant Competitions for Biofuels Projects

Recovery Act Announcement: Secretary Chu Announces Nearly $800 Million from Recovery Act to Accelerate Biofuels Research and Commercialization As part of the ongoing effort to increase the use of domestic renewable fuels, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced plans to provide $786.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate advanced

IES Research Funding Opportunities

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will host a series of webinars related to research funding opportunities in May.  Six types of webinars are planned. Click here for more information about the upcoming webinars. Click here to view

NOAA Releases Research Update

The research update below was recently released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). To Friends and Partners of NOAA Research: There are several news items we would like to share with you today. FY 2009 APPROPRIATIONS SUMMARY On March 11, the President signed the FY 2009 omnibus spending bill into law. The final

Sebelius Nomination Draws Fire but Advances

The nomination of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advanced out of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday, leaving only a vote of the full Senate. What was once expected to be a rather comfortable confirmation has evolved into a rather partisan debate over President Obama’s intentions

AAU and the Department of Energy Seek ARPA-E Nominations

The Association of American Universities (AAU) is asking its member campuses to recommend individuals to serve as temporary personnel to help organize the new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).  The Department of Energy (DoE) is looking for individuals with the knowledge and expertise to help it organize the new agency.  These individuals would serve as temporary program managers

President Obama Nominates Director of DoE Office of Science

President Obama has nominated Princeton University physicist William F. Brinkman to head the $5 billion Department of Energy Office of Science. William F. Brinkman is currently a Senior Research Physicist in the Physics Department at Princeton University.  Prior to working for Princeton, he was Vice President (now retired) of Research from Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray

OMB Requests Public Comment on Proposed ARRA Reporting Requirements

On April 1st, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a notice in the Federal Register (74FR14824) requesting comments on the standard data elements that it proposes to require for reporting under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for grants, cooperative agreements, and loans.  The deadline for comments is May 1, 2009.  As

Hold Placed on Sebelius Nomination to HHS

Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) appeared before the Senate Finance Committee for her confirmation hearing to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday April 2nd. Gov. Sebelius’ confirmation hearing centered around the impending push to overhaul of the nation’s health care system. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and other legislators

President Obama Nominates Under Secretary of Education

On April 1st, President Obama nominated Martha Kanter to serve as Under Secretary of Education -the nation’s top post-secondary education post. If confirmed, Dr. Kanter would be the first community college official to serve at or above the number 3 slot in the Department of Education. Excerpt from Biography  Martha J. Kanter is chancellor of the

Education and NSF Guidance on Stimulus Funds

The Department of Education (ED) released today its much anticipated guidance to states on the state fiscal stabilization funds, which were created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The set of documents published today on the stabilization funds includes:  1) a cover letter; 2) application for funds; and, 3) the actual guidance.  The

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