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News & Updates – Natural Science Collections Alliance

News & Updates

NSC Alliance Urges Congress to Pass Bipartisan Innovation Legislation

NSC Alliance has joined 34 other science, engineering, and higher education organizations in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them to finalize and pass a bipartisan agreement on the United States Innovation and Competition Act (S. 1260) and the America COMPETES Act of 2022 (H.R. 4521) by the end of July. The letter also […]

NSC Alliance Urges Support for Collections in Conferenced Competitiveness Legislation

The Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance) has joined forces with the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) to send a letter in support of collections to congressional leadership and members of the conference committee working to reconcile the United States Innovation and Competition […]

NSC Alliance Urges California Governor to Approve Support for Biorepositories, Orphan Collections

The Natural Science Collections Alliance has written a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom urging him to approve a one-time investment in biorepositories and orphan collections as proposed in SB-154, the Budget Act of 2022.  “As an organization representing natural history collections nationwide, including several in California, we can affirm that this one-time support is […]

U.S. Government Initiative to Help Support Ukrainian Collections

The U.S. Department of State, the Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections (IWGSC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) are working together to help identify, and where possible assist with efforts to save and protect priceless Ukrainian archival, cultural, and scientific collections under threat.  They are requesting help […]

NSF Requests Comments on Draft Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on an updated draft of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG). Notable proposed changes include: A provision requiring the use of SciENcv to prepare personnel biographical sketches for grant proposals. A new section to expand disclosure requirements […]

Science Agencies Slated for Budget Increases in FY 2023

On March 28, 2022, President Joe Biden released his budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2023, once again calling for significant investments in climate change, scientific research, and conservation.  The budget framework proposes large budget increases for most federal science agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. […]

President’s Request Would Boost Smithsonian’s Budget by 11 Percent

Federal support for the Smithsonian Institution would grow by 11 percent in fiscal year (FY) 2023 to $1.2 billion.  This increase includes the congressionally mandated pay raise, funds to revitalize  physical infrastructure, and support for two new museums.  Smithsonian is also funded by private donations and a trust fund. The Facilities Capital account would receive […]

NSC Alliance Joins Science Coalition in Urging Robust FY 2023 Funding for NSF

The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF)—an alliance of more than 140 professional organizations, scientific societies, universities, and businesses that advocate for the National Science Foundation (NSF)—has called on House and Senate Appropriators to provide at least $11 billion in funding for NSF in fiscal year (FY) 2023. The groups wrote, in part: “NSF needs […]

Science Agencies Receive Funding Boosts in FY 2022

The U.S. Congress has now enacted a much-awaited omnibus spending package that provides fiscal year (FY) 2022 funding for the U.S. government.  Nearly 6 months overdue, the $1.5 trillion legislative package (H.R. 2471) combines all twelve FY 2022 appropriations bills and includes $13.6 billion in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.  Overall, defense spending will […]

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