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EAGER funding—High success rate for unique ideas

By Kris Johnson and Deb Hamernik, ASAS Public Policy Committee

Do you have a novel or transformational idea that you need seed dollars for? The National Science Foundation (NSF) may be the place to go. In an August 20, 2014 article in ScienceInsider, Jeffery Mervis discusses the NSF EAGER program. (EAGER stands for Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research.) EAGER grants are a vehicle for untested, but potentially transformative, research ideas or approaches. Such high-risk, high-payoff research often entails radically different approaches, applies new expertise, or engages novel disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. Read more


National Academy of Science releases AFRI study

Written by Lowell Randel, FASS Science Policy Director

On September 9th, the National Academy of Science (NAS) released a study entitled “Spurring Innovation in Food and Agriculture: A Review of the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Program.” The study was commissioned by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and is designed to perform an independent assessment of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, including the quality and value of research funded by the program and the prospects for its success in meeting established goals and outcomes. Read more


Safety Stand-Down targets biosafety

By Clint Krehbiel, ASAS Public Policy Committee

In August, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture encouraged its partners to participate in a U.S. Government “Safety Stand-Down.” The Safety Stand-Down was issued in a memorandum by Lisa O. Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. The memorandum instructed all Federal Departments and Agencies that possess, use, or transfer human, animal, or plant infectious agents or toxins to perform a Safety Stand-Down. Read more

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Don’t miss this webinar

Want to learn more about the ASAS Science Policy Summer Internship Program? Then join us for a webinar on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Past ASAS Science Policy interns will share what they learned during the internship program and answer your questions about living in Washington, D.C. for a summer.

Spread the word to eligible undergraduate and graduate students! Learn more about the program here.

Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now!

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SCIENCE 2034 blog—Where is animal agriculture?

By Deb Hamernik and Kris Johnson, ASAS Public Policy Committee

TSClogoFBSCIENCE 2034 is a new blog designed to call attention to the need for strong and sustained federal funding of basic research by highlighting exciting possibilities for basic research in the future. The federal government is the single-largest source of funding for basic research in the United States, providing 55 percent of all funding. Unfortunately, federal funding for research and development (R&D) has been on a downward trajectory for the past decade, falling to an historic low of just 3.8 percent of the federal budget in 2013. Read more »


ASAS looking for 2015 Science Policy Interns

Now that the Fall semester is underway on most college campuses, it is time for undergraduate and graduate students to start planning for Summer 2015.

ASAS is pleased to announce that applications are due October 27, 2014 for the 2015 ASAS Science Policy Summer Internship program.

The program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the ASAS Foundation through the Appreciation Clubs for Bob Zimbelman, Harold Hafs, Jack Britt, Barb Glenn, and Louis Boyd.

Each intern will receive a total of $3,500 for the 60-90 day internship during the academic summer session in 2015. Read more »


Nominate a graduate student representative

asas-southern_smallThe ASAS Southern Section would like to invite you to submit a nomination for the 2015 Graduate Student Representative position on the ASAS Southern Board.

Graduate student participation at ASAS Southern Section meetings is a key ingredient to its success. Nearly 25% of annual meeting attendees are graduate students.  Therefore, the ASAS Southern Section Executive Committee encourages greater involvement by graduate students, by implementing the position of Graduate Student Representative. Read more »