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FABBS News Highlights: April 16, 2020

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April 16, 2020


Resources and Guidance Regarding COVID-19


FABBS is working to compile revelant federal and agency notices, resources, research, and other updates that may be of interest to our members. Read more »



FY 21 Budget and Future Funding for COVID


Last Friday, House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) shared preliminary subcommittee spending allocations, referred to as 302(b)s, giving subcommittees the green light to move forward with their budgets. Over on the Senate side, the FY 2021 appropriations path forward is less clear. Advancing appropriations bills would require 60 votes and the GOP control falls short with 53 seats. Read more»



NSF Receives Funding in Stimulus


NSF received $75 million in the most recent stimulus package, the CARES Act, to help “prevent, prepare for, and respond” to the pandemic. In addition to base support, NSF has a mechanism, Rapid Response Research (RAPID), to fast-track time-sensitive ideas and enables the agency to help fight the pandemic by supporting scientists doing relevant work across disciplines and has already funded 70 projects. Looking at the average award size last year of $89,000 the stimulus will fund about 840 studies relating to COVID-19. FABBS President, Roxane Cohen Silver, University of California, Irvine received one of the awards to study of how the COVID-19 pandemic affects the well-being of Americans. Read more »



FABBS Comments on Proposed NIH-wide Strategic Plan


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is working on a proposed framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025. (See RFI.)

James A. Griffinwas named the new Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDBB) at NICHD. Read more »



Q&A with Mark Schneider, IES Director


We spoked with Dr. Schneider, of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), to update us on IES, and of its efforts to continue funding, especially with regards to distance learning and other effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more »



The Added Value of Latinx and Black Teachers

As Congress debates the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, a new paper in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences urges lawmakers to focus on provisions aimed at increasing the numbers of Black and Latinx teachers. Reviewing decades of literature, authors Travis J. Bristol and Javier Martin-Fernandezr eport that Black and Latinx students benefit socially, emotionally and academically from having teachers who are the same race as they are.

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FABBS News Highlights is a semi-monthly electronic newsletter published by the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences with the goals of keeping scientists updated on federal budget and policy issues affecting the sciences of mind, brain and behavior; recognizing the research contributions of leading scientists; and sharing research findings to inform policies and programs.


Editor: Juliane Baron

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