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Science Directorate
January 2010

Science Policy Insider News (January 2010)

NIH Wants Your Views on Basic Behavioral and Social Research Priorities -- Quick Response Needed

Basic Behavioral and Social Research Priorities

This year's funding of OppNet is through Recovery Act funds (which by law must be spent by September 30, 2010) so the response deadlines are short.

APA Comments on Draft Objectives for Healthy People 2020

The American Psychological Association provided comments on the initiative that will guide public health research and programs in the coming decade.

APA Comments on Draft Strategic Plan of NIAMS

On behalf of APA, Executive Director for Science Steven Breckler submitted comments on the draft strategic plan of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases on January 15.

Coalition Holds Hill Briefing to Highlight Defense Research

On January 19th, the Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR) and the House R&D Caucus co-hosted a Capitol Hill briefing on the importance of defense-related research.

The House Takes on NSF Reauthorization

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) took its monthly meeting to the Hill in January to get a briefing from Dahlia Sokolov, Staff Director of the House Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Science Education.

APA Science Hosts VA Research Meeting

Science GRO’s Heather Kelly and colleagues briefed over forty Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research coalition member organizations on coalition advocacy activities.

NIGMS to Develop Strategic Plan on Research Training

The goal of the strategic plan, according to National Institute of General Medical Sciences Director Jeremy Berg, is to examine existing activities and articulate strategies to help the Institute build and sustain a workforce.

Funds Now Set Aside for NIH Roadmap Initiative on Science of Behavior Change

The initiative will receive $4 million per year for five years from the Common Fund.

NICHD to Seek Extramural Input in Review of Scientific Opportunities

New NICHD Acting Director Alan Guttmacher discussed his plans over the coming year to begin a process to look across the broad mission of the NICHD.