Science Policy News

Science Policy News

Read about ASPB members in the news and other items of interest for the plant biology community on our Policy Blog. The blog features news and information before they hit the pages of the ASPB Newsletter. It also provides an opportunity for you to engage in dialogue on policy developments affecting the plant biology community.

You can also join science policy discussions online at Plantae.org.

Recent Science Policy Updates

  • Agency Update: DHS Proposes Replacing Visa Duration of Status Policies
    This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed rule that would replace the current Duration of Status policies for F, J, and I visa holders with fixed time periods of admission, as a way to increase oversight over these categories of nonimmigrants.  The proposed fixed length of... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-25
  • Policy Update: President Trump Releases Executive Order on “Race and Sex Stereotyping” Impacting Federal Grants and Contractors
    On September 22, President Trump released an Executive Order (EO), entitled “Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.”  The EO has implications for federal agencies, grantees, and contractors and is a follow-up to a September 4 executive memorandum, M-20-34, which directed executive branch agencies to end trainings on topics... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-24
  • Agency Update: HHS Seeks Input on Screening Guidance for Synthetic Double-Stranded DNA
    The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) pertaining to the agency’s 2010 framework for providers of synthetic double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). This framework aims to mitigate the potential biosecurity risks... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-10
  • Agency Update: DARPA Announces 2021 Young Faculty Award Proposers Day
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) will be holding a proposers day webcast on September 25, 2020 in anticipation of releasing its 2021 Young Faculty Award Program (YFA) research announcement (RA). DARPA’s YFA program aims to expose rising stars in junior faculty or equivalent positions at... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-10
  • Plant Science Research Network Releases Decadal Vision 2020-2030
    Research network presents action plan for the plant science community to maximize impact on pressing global issues such as human health and climate change.  Plant science research has tremendous potential to address pressing global issues including climate change, food insecurity and sustainability. However, without sustained investment in plant science, the... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-04
  • Funding Opportunity – NSF Announces Two Lead Agency Opportunities in Collaboration with International Partners
    On August 31, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced, via two Dear Colleague Letters (DCL), new opportunities to support international collaboration.  Specifically, the two DCLs will enable collaborative projects in specific research areas with the UK and with France to undergo a single review under lead agency agreements.  Both lead... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-03
  • Multisociety letter addressing the impacts of persistent, systemic racism
    On September 1, ASPB joins more than 70 scientific organizations in support the call of House Science Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson for a National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) study to “identify policies, strategies and practices that have been the most successful in preventing and addressing systemic racism”... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-09-02
  • Funding Opportunity: NSF Announces Second Solicitation to Support National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced its second solicitation to support national artificial intelligence (AI) research institutes through the National AI Research Institutes Program.  This solicitation is a joint activity with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), the United States Department of Transportation... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-08-27
  • Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases Solicitation for Biology Integration Institutes
    The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) released the second solicitation for its Biology Integration Institutes (BII) as part of its continued effort to facilitate a “unification of biology.” BII will support research collaborations across disciplines, both within and beyond biology, that address an overarching biological theme... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-08-25
  • Funding Opportunity: NSF Innovation in Graduate Education Acceleration Hub
    The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently released its fiscal year (FY) 2020 solicitation for the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program.  In addition to accepting regular project proposals for grants through the IGE program, NSF for this competition will also be accepting proposals for a one-time cooperative agreement award to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-08-07
  • IPBES Launches External Review of its Draft Scoping Report for the Nexus Assessment and Requests Input from Technical Experts 
    The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the organization established to improve the interface between science and policy on issues of biodiversity and ecosystem services, welcomes input from technical experts on the draft scoping report of its nexus assessment.  The focus of the nexus assessment is to produce information needed to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-06-26
  • USDA Relaxes Regulations for GE Crops – How Will it Affect the Plant Research Community?
    Brand new USDA regulations for crop biotechnology will begin phasing in during June 2020. The new “SECURE” rules (Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient) govern what is — and isn’t — required for USDA review before going to market with a biotech crop. These rules could have immediate impacts on... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-06-11
  • U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: June 3-9, 2020
    Weekly updates on the US federal government’s response to COVID-19 and research opportunities. Federal Guidance Related to Research and Higher Education National Science Foundation (NSF) On June 5, it was noted at the NSF Environmental Research and Education (ERE) Advisory Committee that the Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) program expects to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-06-11
  • FFAR Releases Crops of the Future RFA
    On May 27, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) released a request for application (RFA) through its Crops of the Future Collaborative.  FFAR is seeking transformative research and technologies “focused on ensuring under-appreciated crops also benefit from recent advances and emerging technologies for genotype-independent regeneration of fertile plants to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-29
  • U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: May 20 – 26, 2020
    Weekly updates on the US federal government’s response to COVID-19 and research opportunities. Federal Guidance Related to Research and Higher Education National Science Foundation (NSF) The 2020 NSF Proposal and Award Policy and Procedures Guide will go into effect as planned on June 1. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic,... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-28