Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as
amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the NIH
Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB). Presentations and
discussions will address programs and activities to engage pre-college
students in biomedical science.
The NIH Reform Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-482) provides
organizational authorities to HHS and NIH officials to: (1) Establish
or abolish national research institutes; (2) reorganize the offices
within the Office of the Director, NIH including adding, removing, or
transferring the functions of such offices or establishing or
terminating such offices; and (3) reorganize, divisions, centers, or
other administrative units within an NIH national research institute or
national center including adding, removing, or transferring the
functions of such units, or establishing or terminating such units. The
purpose of the SMRB is to advise appropriate HHS and NIH officials on
the use of these organizational authorities and identify the reasons
underlying the recommendations.
The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to
space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special
assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable
accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in
advance of the meeting.
Name of Committee: Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB).
Date: March 25, 2014.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Agenda: As noted in the NIH mission statement, one of the goals
of NIH is to "develop, maintain, and renew scientific human... resources that will ensure the Nation's capability to prevent
disease,'' as well as "to expand the knowledge base in medical and
associated sciences in order to enhance the Nation's economic well-
being and ensure a continued high return on the public investment in
research.'' Toward this end, the SMRB was recently charged with
recommending ways NIH could cultivate sustained interest in
biomedical science among students from pre-kindergarten through high
school in order to contribute to a healthy biomedical workforce
pipeline. Presentations and discussions at the March 25 SMRB meeting
will focus on this charge. Time will be allotted on the agenda for
public comment. Sign up for public comments will begin approximately
at 8:00 a.m. on March 25, 2014, and will be restricted to one sign-
in per person. In the event that time does not allow for all those
interested to present oral comments, any interested person may file
written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to
the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should
include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the
business or professional affiliation of the interested person.
Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor,
Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.
Contact Person: Juanita Marner, Office of Science Policy, Office
of the Director, NIH, National Institutes of Health, 6705 Rockledge
Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 435-
The meeting will be webcast. The draft meeting agenda and other
information about the SMRB, including information about access to
the webcast, will be available at http://smrb.od.nih.gov.
In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent
procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles,
including taxis, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected
before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one
form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID,
driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their