Science policy

Bush on Earmarks: Tough Words, Little Meaning

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In last State of the Union, president takes two steps to limit lawmakers' pet projects for colleges and other recipients -- starting next year.

'Unreal' Boost for Science?

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President Bush's proposed budget for basic research and development in the 2009 fiscal year seeks a record $147 billion, a 3 percent increase over 2008 that would elevate the physical sciences and engineering, in particular, while keeping funding for the National Institutes of Health flat and scaling back or cutting other domestic programs, including for financial aid.

Any Advice About Visas?

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U.S. House members seek ideas on how to better help foreign students and scholars get into the U.S.

Another Source for R

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Advocates for more federal spending on basic research discovered a pleasant surprise in the 2009 budget proposal: a boost from the Department of Defense.

More Aggressive Guidance on Conflicts of Interest

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2 groups urge universities that engage in biomedical research to adopt policies on institutional conflicts within two years and toughen standards on individual financial interests.

Clarion Call for More NIH Funding

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Six research universities and a teaching hospital warn of a "broken pipeline" for young researchers in the biomedical sciences.

A Call to Fund the Young and Risky

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Experts on academic science say federal systems discourage just the kind of grants that are most needed.

Is This NIH's Year?

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There's never enough money, it seems. Virtually every spring and summer, as Congress begins to allocate federal funds for the next fiscal year, lawmakers face some of their most vexing dilemmas in the bill that appropriates funds for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, which provides the bulk of federal domestic spending.

NIH's Billion-Dollar Boost Gains Ground

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There are many miles (and, more literally, possibly several months) to go before the federal budgeting process for the 2009 fiscal year is complete, and therefore much could change. But based on the initial signs, the latest of which came Tuesday when a Senate appropriations subcommittee drafted a spending bill for education, health and labor programs, the National Institutes of Health appears to be in line for the sort of hefty increase that biomedical research advocates have been begging for. Most student aid programs, however, would receive no new funds.

Another Whack at Biomedical Research Conflicts

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With legislation that would mandate new rules for NIH-funded research, Senate appropriations panel joins Grassley push for more scrutiny of academic scientists.

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