Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience Forms
July 30, 2012
by Paula Skedsvold
With the enthusiastic support of the Administration, Congress and numerous scientific societies, the National Science and Technology Council’s Interagency Working Group on Neuroscience is taking shape. Philip Rubin, Principal Assistant Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), stated in remarks to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology that the group had been officially chartered and would have its first meeting in September.
The NSTC working group will coordinate activities in neuroscience research across the federal government and will include members from the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the CIA, Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to a transcript of the meeting presentation. There will also be representatives from the Office of Management and Budget, Office of National Drug Control Policy, and OSTP.
The working group is on a “fast track” and is expected to produce an interim report by November 1, 2012, “identifying 5-10 research areas where communication and/or coordination across Federal agencies can foster advances that address national needs.” The transcript indicates that a white paper is expected by March 1, 2013, describing concrete actions that can be taken by the Federal government to “enable acceleration of progress in neuroscience research and development.”