Thursday, September 24, 2015

Consistent Research Regulations Could Ease the Burden on Scientists, Panel Says

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 22, 2015

Federal regulation "steals from the nation’s investment in research and has become self-defeating," a National Academies panel told Congress on Tuesday. But the burden could be eased through more-uniform federal rules and the creation of a new independent oversight board, the panel said.
The 18-member panel, formed by the National Academy of Sciences in response to a congressional request, produced a 144-page reportdescribing unrelenting growth in both university research and government attempts to quantify and police it. In doing so, the report reiterated previous analyses by the National Science Foundation, theAssociation of American Universities and the Council on Governmental Relations, and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Federal Plan to Modernize Medical Trials’ Rules Would Be Boon to Universities

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 2, 2015

After more than four years of work, the finish line appears to be in sight for a governmentwide process to modernize the rules governing human participation in medical trials. The results appear to offer substantial benefits for many university researchers.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a 519-page set of regulations on Wednesday, the result of work with 15 other federal departments and agencies dating to 2011. The document represents the first comprehensive overhaul of the regulations in three decades.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NSF and USAID Announce Latest Round of Awards to Address Global Development Challenges

August 31, 2015

Building sustainable fisheries, monitoring landslide risk, studying the emerging bioeconomy: these are some of the research projects announced today in the newest round of an interagency partnership to foster collaborative global research.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awards will advance the scientific and technical capacity of the U.S. and countries in critical areas of development. The projects are the latest set ofPartnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) awards, which pair NSF-funded U.S. scientists with researchers in developing countries, who are funded by USAID.