A Periodic Federal Science Update

National Institutes of Health Regional Grants Seminar October 26-28, Chicago:  NIH is hosting a Regional Seminar from October 26-28 in Chicago. Over the course of two days, approximately 60 NIH & HHS review, grants, program, and policy officials will be providing sessions on over 40 different topics in 3 different tracks: Administrators, New Investigators, and All Interests. Pre-seminar workshops are offered on topics such as human research protections, electronic research administration, intellectual property, and an administrator’s boot camp.  The seminar provides opportunities to sit down and talk to NIH and HHS experts in person, through “Meet the Expert” sessions which take place throughout the seminar.

Registration is open now. This seminar is useful if you are a research administrator or investigator new to working with NIH grants, or you have a need to understand better NIH grants policy and the breadth of NIH funding programs.  The agenda can be found here and registration information is available here.

NSF Hosting NSF Day at the University of Maine:  NSF Days are held four to five times a year at different academic institutions around the country.  The next NSF Day, sponsored by the University of Maine, will be held on October 13, 2016 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.  NSF Days provide insight and instruction on how to compete for NSF funding for research and education.  The day-long workshop provides background on the Foundation, its mission, priorities, and resources.  Information on proposal development, NSF’s use of the merit review process, and its programs (both disciplinary and interdisciplinary) will be provided.  More information on registration and the agenda for this NSF Day can be found here.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Continues Review of NASA Planetary Science Research & Analysis (R&A) ProgramThe Academies’ Space Studies Board has convened an ad hoc committee to examine the program elements of NASA's Planetary Science Division (PSD) Research and Analysis (R&A) programs, as they currently exist following restructuring, for their consistency with past advice from the Academies. In conducting its review, the committee will address the following questions:  are the PSD R&A program elements appropriately linked to, and do they encompass the range and scope of activities needed to support the NASA Strategic Objective for Planetary Science and the Planetary Science Division Science Goals, as articulated in the 2014 NASA Science Plan;  and are the PSD R&A program elements appropriately structured to develop the broad base of knowledge and broad range of activities needed both to enable new spaceflight missions and to interpret and maximize the scientific return from existing mission. The next meeting will take place August 16-18 in Washington, D.C.  More information can be found here.

National Science Board to Meet This Week:  The next meeting of the National Science Board (NSB), NSF’s policy making body, will take place August 9 and 10 at the NSF’s headquarters in Arlington, VA.  This is the first meeting to be chaired by the new chairman – Dr. Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research at MIT – who was elected chairman at the May 2016 meeting.  The meetings of the Board and its committees will be webcast.  More information on the meeting, including the agenda, can be found here.  Among the topics to be covered during the two-day meeting are:  a report on the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) root causes report, NSF’s response, and a discussion of NEON’s current performance and plans; NSF strategic communications plan, and discussion of materials for the upcoming Presidential transition process.