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

  • 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
  • Policy Update: USDA Releases Revised Rule on Genetically Engineered Plants Amid Overhaul of Biotechnology Regulations
    On May 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released the final version of the agency’s update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (Coordinated Framework). APHIS initially released a proposed rule in 2019, but withdrew it following significant... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-21
  • Multisociety Letter on the Immigration Executive Proclamation
    On May 20, ASPB and other societies sent a letter to President Trump to address the Immigration Executive Proclamation. The letter writes, “we urge you to prioritize the immigration of science and technology talent that will spur the scientific breakthroughs and economic growth of the United States that is needed... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-21
  • Agency Update: USDA Releases Agriculture Innovation Agenda
    On February 20, the Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics Scott Hutchins announced the long-anticipated Agriculture Innovation Agenda. This effort has been a long-term priority of Deputy Under Secretary Hutchins and outlines target objectives for a future innovation strategy at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Agenda... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-21
  • U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: May 13 – 19, 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) NSF Virtual Office Hours: Certain NSF Directorates and Divisions have held or are holding office hours for their research community. Examples and additional information below:... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-19
  • U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: April 29 – May 5, 2020
    Weekly updates on the US federal government’s response to COVID-19 and research opportunities. Congressional and Federal Updates Senate Returns to Washington Despite COVID-19 Concerns The Senate returns to Washington on May 4 under controversial circumstances as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reconvenes the Senate amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  The House... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-06
  • ASPB urges Congress to support NIFA and the Cooperative Extension System
    On April 30, ASPB joined other supporters of US agriculture in a letter to congressional leaders. “As Congress considers the next supplemental appropriations package, we urge you to provide the necessary resources to our agricultural research, education, and extension system,” the letter writes. Specific asks to Congress include: $380 million... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-05-05
  • U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: April 22 – 28, 2020
    To provide relevant information to ASPB members, we will be sharing weekly updates on US Federal Agency responses to COVID-19 and research opportunities. The information below was prepared by Lewis-Burke Associates and curated by Shandrea Stallworth, Early Career Representative on ASPB’s Science Policy Committee. Additional information about ASPB’s response to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-04-29
  • Washington Update – ASPB Member Appointed to Second Term on National Science Board
    Dr. Roger Beachy, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, has been included on the President’s list of intended nominees to the National Science Board (NSB), which governs the work of the National Science Foundation.  Of the eight members of NSB whose six-year terms... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-04-22
  • U.S. Federal Agency Responses and Research Opportunities: April 15 – 21, 2020
    To provide relevant information to ASPB members, we will be sharing weekly updates on US Federal Agency responses to COVID-19 and research opportunities. The information below was prepared by Lewis-Burke Associates and curated by Shandrea Stallworth, Early Career Representative on ASPB’s Science Policy Committee. Additional information about ASPB’s response to... Read more
    Source: Science Policy News Feed Published on: 2020-04-22