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Innovation bill clears House, heads to president

December 18, 2016

“This bill maximizes the nation’s investment in basic research, and helps boost U.S. competitiveness, creates jobs and spurs new business and industries,” said Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), who chairs the House science committee, in a statement issued shortly after the vote.

Science Funding in Limbo as Congress Extends CR Through April 28

December 14, 2016

Federal departments and agencies, including the science agencies and programs, will now face uncertainty about the total funds they have to spend for the upcoming year. They will likely respond by spending conservatively in the first months of 2017 as a precaution.

The Dividends of Funding Basic Science

December 11, 2016

The U.S. remains a powerhouse of research and development.

Congress passes 21st Century Cures Act, boosting research and easing drug approvals

December 08, 2016

Congress passed sweeping legislation Wednesday that boosts funding for medical research, eases the development and approval of experimental treatments and reforms federal policy on mental health care. The 94 to 5 Senate vote Wednesday followed a 392 to 26 House vote last week.

Congress is poised to back NSF's approach to research

December 06, 2016

Congress has reached a truce -- and possibly a lasting settlement -- in the fiercely partisan 3-year war between Republican leaders in the House of Representatives and the scientific community over how the National Science Foundation (NSF) should operate.

House passes medical cures bill

December 01, 2016

The House on Wednesday passed a medical innovation bill aimed at curing diseases, with the measure securing bipartisan support after months of negotiations. The legislation, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, passed 392-26.

Congress poised to pass sweeping biomedical innovation bill

November 28, 2016

Congress is poised to approve a massive piece of legislation that would provide the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with $4.8 billion over the next decade for a set of research initiatives, including brai

Universities report four years of declining federal funding

November 21, 2016

Federal funding for research at higher education institutions declined for a fourth straight year, according to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES).

AAAS CEO Comments on the U.S. Presidential Election Outcome

November 14, 2016

“The next science adviser will need to be integrated at the earliest possible stage into the administration’s decision-making process,” Holt said, “not just on topics with an obvious science connection such as infectious-disease response, but on matters concerning diplomacy, cyber-security, agric

US R&D Spending at All-Time High, Federal Share Reaches Record Low

November 09, 2016

The National Science Foundation estimates that U.S. R&D funding reached an all-time high of $499 billion in 2015. Of that total, the federally sponsored share fell to a record-low 23 percent while the business sector’s share rose to a record-high 69 percent.

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