July 11, 2018
Funding Connection

Events and announcements

  • Letters to a Pre-Scientist is a collaboration between educators and scientists who want to show kids a more personal view of science. Registration for scientists to become pen pals for the 2018-19 school year is now open. Time commitment is a 1-hour online training plus 4 to 8 hours over the course of the year to exchange 4 letters with your student. Find more information.

  • The BioNexus KC (formerly KCALSI) OneHealth Research Symposium, “One Health Applications of CRISPR/cas9,” is August 19-20 at the Kansas City Convention Center. Find more information and register

  • An NIH Regional Seminar will be offered October 17-19 in San Francisco. These seminars are for those who are relatively new to the NIH grants process and who would like to learn more about applying, managing an award, finding resources, and more. This is the final seminar of 2018; register soon, as space is limited. Find more information and register.

NSF 2026 Idea Machine
The National Science Foundation will launch its 2026 Idea Machine in August.

The competition is designed to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Entrants can earn prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade — the next set of “ Big Ideas for future investment.

Watch Research Weekly and the Funding Connection for more information!
Agency news and trending topics
Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH director for Extramural Research, writes about NIH efforts to highlight existing resources and products for developing better proposals, including FAQs, reviewer guidance, and other items from the NIH Reproducibility website, plus training resources and modules, methodological resources, and much more.

Jon Parrish Peede was sworn in as the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities on May 3, 2018. Peede (pronounced PEE-dee) has worked in university and magazine publishing and at the National Endowment for the Arts, where, under former Chairman Dana Gioia, he servedin numerous positions, including director of literature and counselor to the chairman. After leaving NEA, he became the publisher of VQR, the distinguished literary magazine published at the University of Virginia.

Americans are strongly supportive of the government investing in research in medicine and science, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.Around eight-in-ten U.S. adults say government investments in medical research (80%), engineering and technology (80%) or basic scientific research (77%) usually pay off in the long run. Only about two-in-ten believe government funding in each of these areas is  not  worth it (19% for medical research, 19% for engineering and technology and 22% for basic scientific research).

An array of internal and external challenges facing science are relevant to public support, and the scientific community must work to maintain societal relevance and build trust, panelists discussed June 22 at the AAAS Forum on Science & Technology Policy. “The good news is that the U.S. public broadly has a great deal of confidence in the scientific community, particularly if you compare it with other institutions” such as Congress, industry and the news media, said Dominique Brossard, professor and department chair of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. However, Brossard cited peer-reviewed research, including a 2016 National Academies report on science literacy, that reveals increased science knowledge does not automatically lead to increased support for specific technologies.

A new directive from the Trump administration instructs federal scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey to get approval from its parent agency before agreeing to most interview requests from reporters, according to employees and emails from officials with the Department of the Interior and USGS.

During World War I, this stretch of pastoral landscape, which the generals (and now historians) called the Ypres Salient, was one of the most heavily trenched, mined, mortared, bombed, gassed, pillaged, burned, and bullet-riddled places along the Western Front. For the archaeologists charged with recovering this landscape’s memories, digging into the past with a vast shovel-and-pickaxe party was out of the question.
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