Category Archives: Research

HR 1572: Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act

The bill, also referred to as the Botany bill, promotes botanical research and botanical sciences capacity, and for other purposes.

In general, the legislation would require the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Land Management, United States Geological Survey, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and such other agencies and instrumentalities as the Secretary determines appropriate, to support a robust program of intramural and extramural botanical science research as relevant and appropriate to support the Department’s land management responsibilities.

HR 3038: Securing American Science and Technology Act (SASTA) of 2019

To establish an interagency working group to coordinate activities and develop policy guidance to protect federally funded research and development from foreign interference, and for other purposes.

The bill would create a roundtable at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and an interagency working group within the White House, to serve as platforms for discussions among stakeholders on how to address issues of foreign influence on science and academic espionage.  

S.910: National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2019

The bill would reauthorize through FY2025 and revise the National Sea Grant College Program, through which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) supports university-based programs that focus on studying, conserving, and effectively using U.S. coastal resources.

Among other things, the bill requires NOAA to award Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships. Currently, NOAA has discretion in awarding such fellowships. The fellowships support the placement of graduate students in fields related to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources in positions with the executive and legislative branches.

The bill reauthorizes through FY2025 grants for (1) university research on the biology, prevention, and control of aquatic nonnative species; (2) university research on oyster diseases, oyster restoration, and oyster-related human health risks; (3) university research on the biology, prevention, and forecasting of harmful algal blooms; and (4) fishery extension activities conducted by sea grant colleges or sea grant institutes to enhance existing core program funding.

The bill authorizes grants for (1) priority issues identified in the National Sea Grant Program’s strategic plan, and (2) university research on sustainable aquaculture techniques and technologies.

The bill has been approved by the House Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

S.914: Coordinated Ocean Observations and Research Act of 2019

The legislation would reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009, to clarify the authority of the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with respect to post-storm assessments, and to require the establishment of a National Water Center, and for other purposes.

The bill was ordered to be reported without amendment on April 3, 2019.

HR 627: STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act

This bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to report on the effectiveness of all NSF research and education programs intended to broaden the participation of women and other historically underrepresented individuals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and careers.

Each federal agency that expended at least $100 million on research and development in FY2017 shall annually submit to the NSF standardized record-level information on demographics, primary field, award type, review rating, budget request, funding outcome, and awarded budget for all applications for merit-reviewed research and development grants to institutions of higher education and federal laboratories. The first submission must include comparable record-level data for the five previous years.

The NSF shall publish statistical summaries of the data in conjunction with the required biennial reports on the participation of men and women in scientific and engineering positions.