News from FABBS and the FABBS Foundation
- U.S. House Votes to Defund Political Science Research at NSF »
On May 10th, the U.S. House of Representatives debated the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill on the House floor and voted 218-208 to eliminate funding for political science research funded by the National Science Foundation. Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the amendment stating that it was “oriented toward ensuring, at the least, that the NSF does not waste taxpayer dollars on a meritless program.”
- Agreements on Federal Spending Appear Elusive »
In the month since the President’s FY 2013 budget request arrived in Congress, both the House and Senate have been busy with budget and appropriations work. Reports are that the House will bring a budget resolution to the floor on March 21st, a resolution that will set a discretionary cap at $1.028 trillion or $19 billion below the $1.047 trillion cap that was agreed upon in the Budget Control Act (BCA) or debt ceiling deal in 2011.
- NIGMS and NIMH Release RFA on Modeling Social Behavior »
NIGMS joins with NIMH to seek applications for "developing and testing innovative theories and computational, mathematical, or engineering approaches to deepen our understanding of complex social behavior." The funding announcement invites research proposals that examine the emergence of collective behaviors arising from individual elements or the functioning of a system within its environment.
- NIH Seeks Input on Strategic Plan for New Addictions Institute »
A NIH planning committee is developing a Scientific Strategic Plan for the agency's proposed new Institute, the National Institute of Substance Use and Addiction Disorders. The goal of the strategic plan is to "identify new scientific opportunities that are not currently supported in the existing NIH research portfolios and public health initiatives on substance use, abuse, and addiction-related disorders."
- First FY 2012 Minibus Spending Package Completed – NSF Gets Increase »
Congress passed its first package of FY 2012 appropriations bills late last week. The “minibus” combined three spending bills including Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) which funds NSF. The House-Senate conference agreement decreases CJS spending by $583 million from FY 2011, but provides $7 billion for NSF, an amount that is $173 million above last year’s funding.
- “Tough Choices” in President’s FY 2013 Budget »
The President sent his budget request to Congress on Monday, Feb. 13, the "opening bid" in what is sure to be a contentious year. The Budget Control Act agreed to by the White House and Congress last year set discretionary spending caps, freezing discretionary spending at 2011 levels and requiring trade-offs, according to the Administration.
- FABBS' Advocacy for the Sciences of Mind, Brain, and Behavior: Why It’s Important to Scientists »
Learn more about the vision for FABBS and FABBS Foundation and why our advocacy and education is important for our sciences.
- FABBS and FABBS Foundation Welcome New Staff »
We are very pleased to report the addition of two new staff to our offices in Washington, DC.
- Congress to Reconvene and Another Appropriations Process to Begin »
The Second Session of the 112th Congress is formally getting underway this week. Before 2011 ended, House and Senate conferees had agreed on a spending package that included the nine remaining appropriations bills for FY 2012. NIH received funding at $30.7 billion, an increase of $299 million over FY 2011 levels, minus a .189 percent across the board cut for all programs in the Labor-HHS-Education section of the omnibus bill.
- FABBS and FABBS Foundation Presidents to Launch New Initiatives »
Robert Sternberg and Art Graesser, Presidents of FABBS and the FABBS Foundation respectively, are launching new initiatives during their 2012-2014 terms. The focus will be on building communication channels that advance the missions of our member societies through the FABBS advocacy efforts and FABBS Foundation education activities.
- President’s Bioethics Commission Releases Report on Human Research Protections »
Prompted by the recent revelations of the 1940's U.S. Public Health Services research on sexually transmitted diseases in Guatemala, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues releases a report on the United States system of human research.
- National Cancer Institute is Recruiting Psychological Scientists »
The principal federal agency responsible for cancer research in the U.S. is recruiting junior and senior level scientists for its Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch.