AIP Reports on White House Planned Science Agency "Reforms"

On its website, the American Institute of Physics provides an informative overview of the impact on R&D programs of the White House's recently released blueprint outlining over 80 recommendations for reorganizing the federal government. Among the recommendations related to R&D:

  • Consolidate DOE's applied R&D programs (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy, and Fossil Energy) as well as ARPA-E into a new "Office of Energy Innovation." (The administration has been hostile to ARPA-E, so this may be a stealth way to eliminate it.)
  • Consolidate "smaller" federally funded graduate research fellowships under NSF
  • Eliminate the EPA STAR program
  • Consolidate AHRQ, NIOSH and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research under NIH
  • Merge the Department of Education and the Labor Department

           and much more.  If you or your faculty pursue funding from the mission agencies, be sure to keep a close eye on this!

NSF Issues DCL for Data-Driven Discovery Science in Chemistry

NSF's Division of Chemistry, together with the Catalysis Program and the Process Systems, Reaction Engineering, and Molecular Thermodynamics Program of the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) have issued a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to invite research proposals that utilize modern data science in the context of chemical and chemical engineering research. Successful D3SC proposals will emphasize new information that can be obtained from better utilization of data (including data from multiple laboratories, techniques, and/or chemical systems), and how this can lead to new research directions.

For more information, click on this link.

Great NIH Resource: Expenditures by Category

NIH recently published a very interesting and useful table detailing the funding allocated over recent years by research, condition, or disease category. This data includes estimated amounts for 2016 and 2017. You can click through on any year and category to see what projects were funded. Follow those links as you would use results from a RePORTER query to identify program officers, study sections and FOAs. A great resource for PIs trying to figure out where at NIH their research fits! Click here to go to NIH's table.