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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 […]

Nominate Experts to the NAGPRA Review Committee

The National Park Service is soliciting nominations for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA) Review Committee.  The Secretary of the Interior will appoint members from nominations submitted by Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, or traditional Native American religious leaders and national museum organizations or national scientific organizations.  Nominations must be received by June […]

SPNHC Natural History Collection Education DemoCamp

The NSC Alliance is partnering with the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections in hosting a virtual Natural History Collection Education DemoCamp over Zoom on June 22-23, 2022.  The goal is to share, discover, and discuss educational materials that have a framework in natural history.  This is building upon our previous iterations of […]

NSC Alliance Submits Testimony in Support of FY 2023 Funding for NSF

The Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSC Alliance) has submitted testimony to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, requesting Congress to provide the National Science Foundation with at least $11 billion in FY 2023. The testimony highlights the importance and role of natural history collections in improving public well-being and national economic security. “Natural science collections […]

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 […]

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