July 7, 2009

DoE Announces New Grant Program for Young Faculty

The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new grant solicitation focused on providing support for early-career investigators. The program is the result of a AAAS report entitled Advancing Research in Science Education recommendation, which states that two essential keys to scientific achievement in the U.S. are funding early-career scientists as well as high-risk high-impact… Read More


NIH Issues New Stem Cell Research Guidelines

Yesterday, July 6th, the National Institutes of Health issued new guidelines for the use of embryonic stem cells in research. The new guidelines reflect feedback received during a public comment period. Several higher education associations have praised NIH for addressing concerns with the initial draft guidelines. SUMMARY: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hereby… Read More


July 6, 2009

This Week on Capitol Hill, July 6-10

Monday, 7/6 In the Senate: The Senate will resume consideration of a Legislative Branch appropriations bill (HR 2918).  Vote on final passage is expected today. Appropriations subcommittee will mark up draft legislation for FY10 appropriations for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs. Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions will mark up draft legislation for Affordable… Read More


June 30, 2009

Proposed FY10 Funding for Oceans Research

Below, please find an overview of funding provided for ocean research — thus far — in the FY10 appropriations process. The FY10 appropriations process will continue to play out over the course of the summer and early fall, with final bills expected by the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2009. NSF… Read More


June 29, 2009

The Week at a Glance on Capitol Hill June 29-July 3

Congress is in recess this week.  The Senate will reconvene Monday, July 6th and the House will reconvene Tuesday, July 7th.  Next week the Senate Appropriations (Full) Committee will mark up the FY2010 Agriculture  and Military Construction appropriations.   The full committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions will continue its markup on Health Care Overhaul…. Read More


House Approves Comprehensive Clean Energy Bill

Late Friday night, before the commencement of a July 4th District Work Period (a.k.a. recess), the House of Representatives approved the American Clean Energy and Security Act by a slim 219-212 vote margin. The legislation; sponsored by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-MA),… Read More


June 26, 2009

Department of Education Revamps Student Aid Application Process

**The following press release was made available by the Department of Education on June 24th** The Obama Administration today announced a shorter, simpler, and more user friendly Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that will make it easier to apply for college financial aid. The changes—some of which are already in place while others… Read More


June 25, 2009

House FY10 Energy & Water Spending Bill Advances

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water has advanced a spending bill for fiscal year 2010. The legislation funds the Department of Energy Office of Science at the President’s Budget Request of $4.94 billion. The legislation also adds $20 million for fusion energy sciences. At this point, information on the proposed Innovation Hubs and… Read More


Senate Advances CJS and Interior-Enviornment Appropriations Bills

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations committee marked up the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations bill and the Interior-Environment Appropriations bill. The CJS bill funds OSTP, NASA, NSF, NOAA, and NIST among others. Interior-Environment Appropriations bill funds the NEH, NEA, EPA Office of Science, and the US Geological Survey. Highlights of the two bills are provided below. Summary: FY 2010… Read More


June 23, 2009

New OMB Guidance on Recovery Act Reporting Released

Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released additional Implementing Guidance for the Reports on Use of Funds Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (OMB Memorandum M-09-21).  The guidance is available on the OMB website, and on the Recovery Act website.