May 5, 2010

Commerce Announces New Innovation Grant Program

The Department of Commerce has launched a new competitive grant program aimed at fostering innovation. The i6 Challenge is a new $12 million innovation competition administered by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). EDA will award… Read More


May 3, 2010

This Week on Capitol Hill, May 3-7

FLOOR ACTION Senate The Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m., and resume consideration of the financial regulatory overhaul legislation (S 3217, Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010). There will be no roll call votes.  It is expected that the Senate will spend most of the week debating amendments. House The House is not in… Read More


April 29, 2010

Immigration Reform Framework Released

Despite the absence of any support from the minority party, which will be necessary to advance a bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and two of his colleagues — Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) — have released a rough framework for comprehensive immigration reform. The outline serves as a starting point for public discussions… Read More


April 28, 2010

Congressional Staffers Briefed on School of Dentistry Programs

On April 27th, staffers from the Washington congressional delegation were provided a tour and briefing on two important School of Dentistry programs: the Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities clinic and the Pediatric Dentistry clinic. Photos and coverage of the event can be found here.


April 27, 2010

America COMPETES Reauthorization Moving Forward

The University of Washington has joined dozens of institutions of higher education in calling on Congress to continue the investments in research and STEM education that were authorized in the America COMPETES Act of 2007. Both the House and Senate are on a path to reauthorize the legislation before the July 4th congressional recess. The… Read More


April 26, 2010

This Week on Capitol Hill, April 26-30

FLOOR ACTION ——————————— The Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m. today, and proceed to a period of morning business for one hour. Thereafter, the chamber will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to the financial regulatory overhaul measure, S 3217, Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010. A vote on the motion to invoke… Read More


April 22, 2010

NIH and NSF Announce New Research Programs

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have jointly announced two new research grant programs to bridge the sciences: New Biomedical Frontiers at the Interface of the Life and Physical Sciences (R01)  and Transforming Biomedicine at the Interface of the Life and Physical Sciences (R01) PAR-10-141. The former focuses on basic research and… Read More


HHS to Establish Consumer Information Office

The April 19th Federal Register announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will establish an Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight to implement provisions of the health care reform law that deal with private health insurance. According to the notice, the new office will be under the HHS secretary and include… Read More


April 19, 2010

NIST Seeking Technology Innovation Proposals

The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced last week that it is seeking proposals for high-risk, high-reward research projects in an area of critical national need: manufacturing. TIP expects to award a total of approximately $25 million in first-year funding for R&D projects that address “Manufacturing and Biomanufacturing:… Read More


This Week on Capitol Hall, April 19-23

ON THE FLOOR The House is not in session on Monday.  On Tuesday the House votes on a number of minor bills and resolutions.  Later in the week the House is expected to appoint conferees for an Iran sanctions bill and vote on a bill to provide full House voting right for the District of… Read More