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Kick-off Webinar & Discussion on the Need for a Specimen Management Plan Requirement

Please join representatives from the Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN) and the U.S. Culture Collection Network (USCCN) for a joint webinar discussion on the need for a Specimen Management Plan requirement in research proposals that generate living or preserved specimens. Recommended by the National Academies’ report on biological collections in 2020, this requirement is now supported […]

NSC Alliance Joins Science Coalition in Urging Increased NSF Funding in FY 2023, 2024

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 lawmakers to complete appropriations for fiscal year (FY) 2023 before the end of the calendar year and to fund NSF at the highest level possible. The […]

NSC Alliance Provides Comments on Proposed NAGPRA Rule

Earlier this week, the Department of the Interior proposed revisions to the regulations governing the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).  The NAGPRA was enacted in 1990 to address the rights of lineal descendants, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations to Native American cultural items, including human remains, funerary objects, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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