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US Spending Bill to Provide New Funds for Science and Health
The legislation, passed by the House of Representatives yesterday, will increase research agencies’ budgets by around 5 percent in 2022 and support the creation of a new health agency.
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US Spending Bill to Provide New Funds for Science and Health
US Spending Bill to Provide New Funds for Science and Health

The legislation, passed by the House of Representatives yesterday, will increase research agencies’ budgets by around 5 percent in 2022 and support the creation of a new health agency.

The legislation, passed by the House of Representatives yesterday, will increase research agencies’ budgets by around 5 percent in 2022 and support the creation of a new health agency.

ABOVE: © istock.com, OGphoto

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The NIH shared new data detailing complaints it has received in recent years, the latest in a series of steps taken by funding agencies and professional organizations to address misconduct.
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A bipartisan bill aims to increase the National Science Foundation’s budget over the next five years and form a new technology directorate.
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How Ice Shelf Loss Will Change the Antarctic Ecosystem
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Marine ecologist Jeroen Ingels discusses what is known about ice shelf loss at the southern pole and how those changes are affecting local ecosystems.
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Scientists Oppose NSF’s New Graduate Fellowship Priority
Kerry Grens | Aug 7, 2020
More than 3,000 researchers have signed on to a petition that expresses concern over the agency’s 2021 application for the funding program, which emphasizes three areas of computational science and might further disadvantage underrepresented groups.
Trump Proposes Significant Cuts to NIH for 2021 Budget
Jef Akst | Feb 11, 2020
The president’s request for next year’s federal budget includes a 7 percent drop in funding for the National Institutes of Health and reductions for other science agencies.
China Catches Up with the US in Science and Tech
Catherine Offord | Jan 17, 2020
A new report from the National Science Board identifies changes in the US’s global R&D investment and output, as well as in the country’s science and engineering workforce in recent years.
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Making STEM Education More Welcoming to Underrepresented Minorities
Esther Landhuis | Jun 1, 2019
Diversity programs are shifting their focus from just providing academic support to creating a learning environment that is more inclusive of people of different backgrounds.
Trump Releases 2020 Budget Proposal
Jef Akst | Mar 12, 2019
The draft budget includes deep cuts for science funding, hacking more than $5.5 billion from the NIH’s allotment, but historically Congress has not accepted the White House’s proposals.
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Government Shutdown Keeps Young Scientists in Limbo
Shawna Williams | Jan 16, 2019
With the lapse in government funding in its fourth week, early-career researchers tell The Scientist how their businesses, jobs, and research have been affected.
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Firings and a Resignation Roil NEON Ecological Observatory
Shawna Williams | Jan 10, 2019
The chief scientist at the NSF initiative quits after two leaders were let go without her input.
NSF Reverses Policy Limiting Grant Proposal Submissions
Ashley P. Taylor | Nov 19, 2018
Scientists will no longer be limited to one proposal as the lead or co-lead investigator per year.
NSF Unveils New Sexual Harassment Policy
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The measures include, in specific cases, terminating awards for researchers who have been found guilty in investigations by their institutions.
NIH Announces Plans to Update Harassment Policies
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The agency also declares its intent to better educate the scientific community about sexual harassment.
NSF Will Require Reporting of Sexual Harassment
Jim Daley | Feb 9, 2018
The agency could demand institutions it funds to remove researchers who are found guilty of misconduct from NSF-supported projects.  
House Proposes NSF and NOAA Cuts, NASA Gains
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The most recent bill from appropriators increases NASA funds from current levels and rescues the National Science Foundation from President Trump's deeper cuts.
NSF Cuts PhD Training Grant
Bob Grant | Jun 7, 2017
The federal science agency discontinued a funding stream for graduate students in environmental science because of administrative workload.
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Kerry Grens | Feb 26, 2016
An initial round of grants is the start of a decade-long program.
NSF Calls for Harassment Prevention
Tracy Vence | Jan 27, 2016
The National Science Foundation reiterates its commitment “to eradicate gender-based discrimination in science” with a statement geared toward the institutions it funds.