Executive Order on Stem Cell Research
On March 9, President Obama signed an Executive Order removing barriers to responsible scientific research involving human stem cells and a Presidential memo on scientific integrity. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Research involving human embryonic stem cells and human non-embryonic stem cells has the potential to lead to better understanding and treatment of many disabling diseases and conditions. To read the complete Executive Order please click here or to read President Obama's remarks, please click here.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Releases Update to Grant Proposal Guide
Proposers responding to a funding opportunity with a due date on or after April 6th must comply with the revised guidelines in NSF 09-29
Significant changes found in the new guidelines are:
- Special Information and Supplementary Documentation, has new guidance added regarding complying with the mentoring requirement of the America COMPETES Act. Each proposal that requests funding to support postdoctoral researchers must include, as a supplementary document, a description of the mentoring activities that will be provided for such individuals. The mentoring plan must not exceed one page. The mentoring requirements are also required for Subawards and collaborative proposals.
- Review Record, states that the mentoring plan will be evaluated during the merit review process, under the Broader Impacts criterion.
- Return without Review, has been updated to reflect that proposals that do not include the mentoring plan in the Special Information and Supplementary Documentation section will be returned without review.