February 1, 2010

This Week on Capitol Hill — February 1-5

The major focus on Capitol Hill is  President Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2011, which he is scheduled to release today.  Committees in both the House and the Senate have scheduled hearings on the budget this week. Tuesday:  Senate Armed Services; Senate Budget; and Senate Finance Wednesday:  House Armed Services; House Transportation-HUD Appropriations Subcommittee; House Education… Read More


January 27, 2010

NSF/FDA Announce Scholar in Residence Program

Agency: National Science Foundation, Food and Drug Administration Grant: NSF/FDA SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE AT FDA Full Proposal Deadline: April 27, 2010; March 15, 2011; March 15, 2012; Annually Thereafter Synopsis of Program: The National Science Foundation (NSF), through the Directorate for Engineering’s Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration… Read More


NSF Releases Cyberinfrastructure Grant Opportunity

Agency: National Science Foundation Grant: Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring for Our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM) Full Proposal Deadline: April 27, 2010 Synopsis of Program: New information, communication, and computational technologies have had profound impacts on the practice of science and engineering.  Linked to create a comprehensive cyberinfrastructure, the systems, tools, and services emerging… Read More


Additional Glimpses Into Obama Budget Request

Despite President Obama’s plan to call for a three year freeze of domestic discretionary spending, K-12 and certain higher education student aid/support services grant programs stand to receive significant increases in the FY11 budget process -according to administration officials. As mentioned in yesterday’s (1/26) post, certain federal programs may be cut, consolidated, or eliminated to achieve… Read More


January 26, 2010

President Obama to Propose Discretionary Spending Freeze

Late yesterday, the Obama administration announced an intention to propose a 3 year freeze of domestic discretionary spending -excluding defense/veterans and homeland security. The proposal, an attempt to decrease the federal budget deficit, will be outlined in the President’s State of the Union address this Wednesday night. At present, we know that the proposal would save… Read More


January 25, 2010

This Week on Capitol Hill – January 25-29

The Senate votes Monday on a judicial nomination and is expected to continue debate on a measure to increase the federal debt limit, with votes on amendments beginning Tuesday. The House returns Tuesday to consider a number of commemorative resolutions along with a draft bill to provide emergency aid to U.S. survivors of the eqrthquake… Read More


January 21, 2010

Commerce Secretary Locke Announces Plans for Forum on R&D Commercialization at Universities

US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced on Tuesday his plans to host a forum with university leaders and key stakeholders on the roles of universities in innovation, economic development, job creation, and commercialization of federally funded research next month in Washington, DC. The forum, to be held February 24, will open a dialogue among administration… Read More


Obama’s FY11 Proposal — Details and Leaks

Budget Tracker  at CQ.com is keeping track of the details emerging on the fiscal 2011 budget request from the Obama administration, as well as reports seemingly based on leaks, and requests. The President’s budget will be submitted to Congress on Monday, February 1st.  The following are a few of the details that are beginning to… Read More


January 20, 2010

NIH Will Give Less and Demand More in 2010

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an interesting article on the potential changes being proposed at NIH.  These changes will most definitely change the way universities compete for and conduct NIH-funded research.  Read the entire article here.


Balance of Power in the US Senate will Change Agenda

The first election of 2010 is over and the balance of power in the US Senate has shifted just enough to put the Administration’s policy agenda in jeopardy.  Senator-Elect Scott Brown (R-MA) will be the newest member of the Senate, and will be sworn in as soon as the election is certified.  Clues on how… Read More