NIH would like to support less-experienced researchers by offering some short term solutions such as shortening it’s grant-application forms and setting aside spaces for younger researchers. NIH will also look more closely at those funded grants that already achieved the $1.5 million mark. If the automatic budget cuts, by Congress, take effect in January they could lose up to 8% of their budget.
For more information read the Chronicle article by Paul Basken, Squeezed by Congress, HIH Hesitates to Limit big-Dollar Grant Recipients March 28, 2012
According to Paul Basken’s article in the February 13th, 2012 edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education online, President Obama‘s new annual budget proposes a 1.5-% increase in federal spending on basic scientific research for the coming fiscal year. The recommendation to Congress outlined a spending plan totaling $3.8-trillion, just 0.2 percent above current-year spending.
Mr. Basken wrote, “The administration proposed that the National Institutes of Health, the provider of basic research money to universities, get $30.7-billion in 2013, the same as its current-year budget.” Additionally Basken reports that President Obama is seeking $7.37-billion, a 4.8 percent increase over the current-year amount for the National Science Foundation. Furthermore, The President proposed $5 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science up 2.4 percent over last year. Lastly the budget has $17.7-billion for NASA. This is down 0.5 percent from the previous year’s budget.
See the Chronicle of Higher Education Feb.13, 2012 for Paul Basken’s article.
The Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) was introduced into the House by Mike Doyle, a Democrat of Pennsylvania on February 9th 2012, and will require free online public access to peer-reviewed manuscripts or published articles “as soon as practicable, but not later than 6 months after publication.”
It is expected to be introduced into the Senate shortly. Original sponsors in the House also include Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO). Senate sponsors are Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), and possibly Sen. Durbin (D-IL)
The NIH released a new (February 2012) document summarizing its public access policy. Briefly stated, this will open to the public some 90,000 new scientific articles each year reporting research that U.S. taxpayers have funded through NIH’s annual 32 billion dollar investment in biomedical research. The NIH policy honors, and is consistent with, U.S. copyright law.
The Ad Hoc Committee for Advocating Scholarly Communication sponsored an Open Forum to discuss the issues that have surfaced in the past year regarding the NIH Public Access Policy. Since April 7, 2008 all investigators funded by the NIH have been required to submit their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central (PMC) and these submissions must be publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. In addition, anyone submitting an application, proposal, or progress report to the NIH must include the PMC or NIH Manuscript Submission reference number when citing applicable articles that arise from their NIH funded research. (NOT-OD-08-033 <http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-033.html>) Principal investigators and institutions are responsible for full compliance of this law. Libraries and research offices across the country have been establishing new procedures to enable the research community to meet the terms of both the government requirement for public access as well copyright compliance with the journal publishers. Read more» » »
Senators John Cornyn(R-TX) and Joe Lieberman(ID-CT) reintroduced the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) (S1373) last week. This bill builds upon legislation that enacted the NIH Public Access Policy by requiring federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of $100 million or more to implement a public access policy that is consistent with and advances the federal purpose of the respective agency. Under this legislation, each agency would be required to: Read more» » »