The FYI Bulletin is a news service covering federal science policy developments.

28 May 2020

The National Science Foundation would get a massive new technology directorate, and a new name, under a bipartisan bill unveiled this week that envisions pumping $100 billion into the agency over five years.

27 May 2020

The latest decadal survey for the National Science Foundation’s Earth Sciences Division recommends it undertake a number of infrastructure initiatives, while warning many may not be tractable if the division’s decade-long trend of stagnant budgets continues.

22 May 2020

Responses to the White House’s request for input on options for increasing public access to research outputs run the gamut from denouncing the prospect of government intervention in the publishing sector to calling for a new paradigm that offers immediate free access to papers.

20 May 2020

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science has established the position of principal deputy director, which oversees a set of new offices focused on policy priorities such as crosscutting research, accelerator technology development, diversity and inclusion, and research security.

19 May 2020

France Córdova spoke with FYI about her six years leading the National Science Foundation, including how she handled criticism from lawmakers and the emergence of sexual harassment and research security as top policy concerns.

14 May 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to press toward finalizing its controversial scientific transparency rule, despite concerns from its Science Advisory Board and admonitions from Congress to delay rulemaking activities during the coronavirus pandemic. 

7 May 2020

This week the top Republicans on seven House committees staked out an interest in the Department of Education’s ongoing probe into universities underreporting funding they have received from foreign entities. The move comes as the party targets ties between U.S. and Chinese research institutions as part of a hardline stance it is crafting toward China in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

6 May 2020

The National Academies’ inaugural decadal survey for the “physics of living systems” aims to cement the standing of the field as a subdiscipline of physics, distinct from biophysics as traditionally defined.

1 May 2020

The Department of Energy has set up a single point of contact for gaining access to COVID-19 experts and research tools across its national laboratories. Chris Fall, director of the DOE Office of Science, described the goals of the new “virtual lab” in an interview with Physics Today.

30 Apr 2020

Amid political efforts to implicate the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the COVID-19 pandemic, NIH has terminated a grant for coronavirus research that funded collaborative work with the institute. Separately, scientific societies have condemned attempts to ascribe blame for the pandemic, warning of the rising threat of racist attacks on people of Asian background.


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