Kevin C. Cooke, Ph.D.

Director, Research Policy

Ny’lyjah Cain
Senior Associate, STEM Education & Research Policy

CoR News (February 12, 2016)


CoR NEWSFebruary 12, 2016

To: APLU Council on ResearchFrom: APLU CoR Staff

  • President’s FY17 Federal Budget Request

President Obama released his FY2017 Budget Request on Tuesday. Notably, the FY17 Budget Proposal includes: an overall $152B request for federal R&D spending; more than $19B in Federal resources for cybersecurity; NIH funds to include $680M for Vice President Biden’s cancer moonshot and $230M for the Precision Medicine Initiative; and continued support at the CDC for the antimicrobial resistance initiative. It remains to be determined how the proposed budget will fare in Congress. A major concern is reliance on new mandatory spending (which in most cases derived from sale of specific government assets) to fund parts of the request.

A few resources detailing the budget proposal and highlighting potential impacts on Federal R&D spending:

APLU Statement on the President’s FY2017 Budget Request
Science Magazine’s Budget Roundup
Links to select agency budget presentations and overviews:

NIH – Dr. Collins’ overview of the NIH request slides
NSF – Dr. Cordova’s presentation slides and notes
NASA – FY17 overview slides
DOE Office of Science – FY17 overview slides

2/29 Government-University Research Roundtable (GUIRR) Budget Webinar:

Matt Hourihan (AAAS) and Jim Jensen (NAS) will present on “R&D Budget and Policy Update” (February 29, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST). Register for the webinar here.​

  • Obama Administration stands against H.R. 3293, “Scientific Research in the National Interest Act”

Dr. John Holdren, Science Advisor to the President, released a scathing statement on Wednesday, on H.R. 3293, the “Scientific Research in the National Interest Act.” As you may know, the proposed bill would require the National Science Foundation to justify, in writing, how each award it funds “promotes the progress of science in the United States,” “is worthy of Federal Funding,” and “is in the national interest.” Dr. Holdren emphasizes that all research funded by the NSF is inherently in the national interest, and that political interference with the merit review process is potentially damaging. Accompanying this statement is a Statement of Administration Policy advising that the President would veto this bill, if it were presented to him. The bill passed the House, and has been sent to the Senate.

  • 3/15 Workshop: Chemical Health and Safety at ACS National Meeting (San Diego)

An upcoming workshop at the American Chemical Society meeting in San Diego aligns well with the work of the APLU Task Force on Laboratory Safety. On March 15, Beth Mulcahy (Chemical Safety Board) and Chris Boylan (Det Norske Veritas) will facilitate a three-hour workshop: “Introduction to Bowtie Methodology for a Laboratory Setting.” Bowties are risk assessment tools that have been used in numerous environments (e.g., nuclear, aviation, offshore drilling, among others), and could be a powerful communication tool in the academic environment. The workshop will present the bowtie methodology, and then dive into facilitated small group work with a general life example followed by a laboratory example. The organizers hope to bring together a diverse group of people, including undergraduates, graduate students, administrators, PIs, and EH&S officials. More information can be found at the DCHAS website. Please RSVP to Mary Beth Mulcahy.