Current Events in Science Policy
weekly news update

July 13, 2015

Edited by Kate Stoll, Senior Policy Advisor, MIT Washington Office


The U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act with bipartisan support to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health by $8.75 billion over 5 years. (Source: Science Insider )


Senate committee seeks input on the COMPETES bill reauthorization. Senators Gardner (R-CO) and Peters (D-MI) will take the lead to engage stakeholders about federal R&D policy priorities. They will frame the discussions around three topics: maximizing basic research, improving STEM education, and technology transfer. (Source: Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation press release )


The White House Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science & Technology Policy released a memo of science and technology policy priorities for the FY2017 budget. The priorities include climate change, clean energy, earth observations, advanced manufacturing, life sciences innovation, national security, information technology, oceans and artic issues, and R&D for informed policy making. (Source: )

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