Education

  • Application for New Awards Deadline Date; Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), Sections 18004(a)(1), 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3); Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

    AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice establishes the deadline date for institutions of higher education (IHEs) that did not initially apply to receive allocations to transmit their applications for funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under sections 18004(a)(1), 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3) of the CARES Act as August 1, 2020.

    This notice applies to applications under the following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers:

    84.425E--Student Aid portion of 18004(a)(1)

    84.425F--Institutional portion of 18004(a)(1)

    84.425J--Historically Black College and Universities under section 18004(a)(2)

    84.425K--Tribally Control Colleges and Universities under section 18004(a)(2)

    84.425L--Minority Serving Institutions under section 18004(a)(2)

    84.425M--Strengthening Institutions Program under section 18004(a)(2)

    84.425N--Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) under section 18004(a)(3)

    This notice relates to the approved information collections under OMB control numbers 1801-0005, 1840-0842, and 1840-0843.

    DATES: Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 1, 2020.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Kennedy, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 278-24, Washington, DC 20202- 4260. Telephone: (202) 453-7957. Email: Lauren.Kennedy@ed.gov or HEERF@ed.gov.

    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1- 800-877-8339.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-24/html/2020-13645.htm

  • Energy

  • Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee; Meeting

    AGENCY: Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces a meeting of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES: Thursday, July 30, 2020; 10:45 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: This meeting is open to the public. This meeting will be held digitally via Zoom. Information to participate can be found on the website closer to the meeting date at: https://science.osti.gov/bes/besac/Meetings.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katie Runkles; Office of Basic Energy Sciences; U.S. Department of Energy; Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; Telephone: (301) 903- 6529; email: Katie.runkles@science.doe.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-25/html/2020-13674.htm

  • Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

    AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Department of Energy.

    ACTION: Notice of open meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces an open meeting of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB). This notice is provided in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

    DATES: Tuesday, July 28, 2020; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (EDT).

    ADDRESSES: Building 922 Conference Center, National Energy Technology Laboratory, 1538 Wallace Road, South Park Township, Pennsylvania 15129.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kurt Heckman, SEAB Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585; Phone: (202) 586-1212; email: seab@hq.doe.gov.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-22/html/2020-13395.htm

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee Meeting-July 2020

    AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION: Notice of public meeting.


    SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), gives notice of a meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC) Executive Committee (EC) to review the Chemical Safety and Sustainability and Health and Environmental Risk Assessment (CSS-HERA) Subcommittee's report on the Strategic Research Action Plan (StRAP) of ORD's HERA research program. The committee will also receive a briefing on ORD research on SARS-COV-2 and EPA's new approach methods (NAMs) work plan to reduce animal testing.

    DATES: The videoconference meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (EDT). Meeting times are subject to change. This meeting is open to the public. Those who wish to attend must register by July 6, 2020. Comments must be received by July 6, 2020, to be considered by the subcommittee. Requests for the draft agenda or making a presentation at the meeting will be accepted until July 3, 2020.

    ADDRESSES: Instructions on how to connect to the videoconference will be provided upon registration at https://epa-bosc-executive-committee.eventbrite.com. Attendees should register no later than July 6, 2020.

    Submit your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0765 by one of the following methods:

    www.regulations.gov: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    [ssquf] Note: comments submitted to the www.regulations.gov website are anonymous unless identifying information is included in the body of the comment.

    Email: Send comments by electronic mail (email) to: ORD.Docket@epa.gov, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-ORD-2015-0765. [ssquf] Note: comments submitted via email are not anonymous. The sender's email will be included in the body of the comment and placed in the public docket which is made available on the internet.

    Instructions: All comments received, including any personal information provided, will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov. Information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute will not be included in the public docket, and should not be submitted through www.regulations.gov or email. For additional information about the EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/.

    Public Docket: Publicly available docket materials may be accessed Online at www.regulations.gov. Copyrighted materials in the docket are only available via hard copy. The telephone number for the ORD Docket Center is (202) 566-1752.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Designated Federal Officer (DFO), Tom Tracy, via phone/voice mail at: (202) 564-6518; or via email at: tracy.tom@epa.gov. Any member of the public interested in receiving a draft agenda, attending the meeting, or making a presentation at the meeting should contact Tom Tracy.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-24/html/2020-13620.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Request for Information (RFI) on Developing an Online Educational Resource for Training in the Principles of Rigorous Research

    Issued by

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

    Purpose

    The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit public input on the best approaches to providing accessible education on the principles of rigorous biomedical research for members of the scientific community. Rigorous research practices and transparent reporting of methods and results are vital to the process of scientific validation. One way to improve practice is to improve training in the principles of rigorous research at all career stages. For an online educational resource to be successful, it should be accessible, effective, and adaptable, which are attributes that can be implemented using a variety of approaches. We especially encourage experts in training, rigorous experimental design and implementation, mentoring, education, and technology to contribute to this RFI.

    Background

    Rigorous experimental design and conduct, in conjunction with transparent reporting, are vital for appropriate validity and interpretation of scientific results. Training in the fundamental principles of rigorous research and how to implement rigorous experimental design and reporting are essential to the scientific enterprise. Such principles include, but are not limited to, consideration of experimenter biases, confounding factors, clearly defined assumptions, descriptions of uncertainty, proper interpretation, and full disclosure of how data are collected and analyzed.

    For this reason, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) held a workshop on how best to instill these fundamental principles of rigorous research. The resulting publication from this workshop suggests that improved training at all career stages and better engagement from all members of the scientific community are needed to change the culture of science around the issues of rigor and transparency. As discussed in this paper, any educational resource addressing this issue will need to be freely available, easily discoverable, engaging, modular, adaptable, and upgradeable. It will also need to use the most effective teaching principles and techniques, including expressing relevance, building self-efficacy, and assessing behavioral change in the end-user.

    NINDS created a website to facilitate efforts to identify current online educational resources on these topics. Participation from various sectors of the scientific enterprise will be necessary to improve training and change culture, so this website also describes an effort to bring scientists together to collaborate on such issues. Now NINDS is seeking broader input on the content and format for best conveying the principles of rigorous research to the scientific community as well as effective ways to encourage uptake and dissemination of these principles. We encourage collaboration between scientists and educational experts when responding to this RFI.

    Information Requested

    NINDS requests public input on best practices and innovative ideas for education in the principles of rigorous research as well as promotion of rigorous research practices. Responses are especially encouraged for the following questions:

    What are the most important principles of rigorous research for all scientists to understand?

    For each career stage (undergraduates, graduates, post-docs, and faculty), what are the best teaching practices to use (i.e. how to convey information in a lasting and impactful way)?

    For each career stage, what is the ideal delivery structure and how often should these principles be reinforced?

    If delivered as an online resource, what is the most effective balance between different educational media (e.g. text, video, interactive activities)?

    How to Submit a Response

    You may respond to this RFI by filling out this webform or submitting an email to RigorChampions@nih.gov by August 1, 2020. If submitting by email, please include the Notice number (NOT-NS-20-062) in the subject line. Responding to this RFI is voluntary. Responses may address any or all aspects of the information requested or other relevant topics pertinent for consideration by NINDS. NINDS staff will use discretion when considering responses submitted after the comment period has closed.

    Respondents will not receive individualized feedback concerning their responses. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in your response. The Government reserves the right to use non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s), summaries, or other materials.

    This RFI is for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a policy, solicitation for applications, or an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the National Institutes of Health, or NINDS to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that NINDS does not intend to make any awards based on responses to this RFI or to otherwise pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the Government's use of such information.

    Inquiries

    Please direct all inquiries to:

    Devon Crawford, Ph.D.

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

    Telephone: 301-496-1917

    Email: devon.crawford@nih.gov

    https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-NS-20-062.html

  • Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods; Announcement of Meeting; Request for Comments

    AGENCY: National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: This notice announces the next meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Alternative Toxicological Methods (SACATM). SACATM is a federally chartered external advisory group of scientists from the public and private sectors, including representatives of regulated industry and national animal protection organizations. SACATM advises the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Validation of Alternative Methods (ICCVAM), the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM), and the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and NTP regarding statutorily mandated duties of ICCVAM and activities of NICEATM. This SACATM meeting will be held by webcast only and available to the public for remote viewing. Registration is required to access the webcast and to present oral comments. Information about the meeting and registration are available at https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/32822.

    DATES:

    Webcast: September 2-3, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT each day.

    Registration for Webcast: Deadline is September 3, 2020, 3:00 p.m. EDT.

    Written Public Comment Submissions: Deadline is August 26, 2020.

    Register to Present Oral Comments: Deadline is August 26, 2020.

    Registration to view the webcast and present oral public comments is required.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting web page: The preliminary agenda, registration, and other meeting materials are at https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/32822.

    Webcast: The meeting will be webcast; information to connect to the webcast will be provided to those who register for viewing.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Elizabeth Maull, Designated Federal Official for SACATM, Office of Liaison, Policy and Review, Division of NTP, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, K2-17, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Phone: 984-287-3157, Fax: 301-480-3008, Email: maull@niehs.nih.gov. Hand Deliver/Courier address: 530 Davis Drive, Room K2021, Morrisville, NC 27560.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-25/html/2020-13672.htm

  • National Science Foundation

  • Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; NSF Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Program

    AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing plans to establish this collection. In accordance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are providing opportunity for public comment on this action. After obtaining and considering public comment, NSF will prepare the submission requesting Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance of this collection for no longer than 3 years.

    DATES: Written comments on this notice must be received by August 24, 2020 to be assured consideration. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Send comments to address below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite W18200, Alexandria, VA 22314; Email: splimpto@nsf.gov.

    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1.800.877.8339, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including Federal holidays).

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-25/html/2020-13680.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting

    SUMMARY: The National Science Board's Committee on Oversight (CO), pursuant to NSF regulations, the National Science Foundation Act, as amended, and the Government in the Sunshine Act, hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATES: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 2-4:30 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by videoconference through the National Science Foundation. An audio link will be available for the public. Members of the public must contact the Board Office to request the public audio link by sending an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: (1) Chair's opening remarks and welcome of new committee members; (2) discussion of the 2019 Merit Review Digest draft, highlights of the biennial survey, and recent COV reports; (3) discussion of items to include in the Board's Overview; (4) discussion of future CO role regarding Broader Impacts; and (5) risks, including Enterprise Risk Management.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Point of contact for this meeting is: Ann Bushmiller (abushmil@nsf.gov), 703/292-7000. Request the public audio link by sending an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference.

    Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp#sunshine. Please refer to the National Science Board website www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-26/html/2020-13938.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting

    SUMMARY: The National Science Board's Committee on National Science and Engineering Policy (SEP), pursuant to NSF regulations, the National Science Foundation Act, as amended, and the Government in the Sunshine Act, hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows:

    DATES: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 4-5:30 p.m. EDT.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by videoconference through the National Science Foundation. An audio link will be available for the public. Contact the Board Office 24 hours before the teleconference to request the public audio link at nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Chair's opening remarks; conduct an orientation of Science & Engineering Indicators in preparation for the 2022 cycle.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Point of contact for this meeting is: Reba Bandyopadhyay (rbandyop@nsf.gov), 703/292-7000. Members of the public must contact the Board Office to request the public audio link by sending an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference.

    Meeting information and updates (time, place, subject matter or status of meeting) may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/meetings/notices.jsp#sunshine. Please refer to the National Science Board website www.nsf.gov/nsb for additional information.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-26/html/2020-13936.htm

  • Sunshine Act Meeting

    SUMMARY: The National Science Board's Executive Committee (EC), pursuant to National Science Foundation regulations, the National Science Foundation Act, as amended, and the Government in the Sunshine Act, hereby gives notice of the scheduling of a teleconference for the transaction of National Science Board business, as follows.

    DATES: Thursday, July 2, 2020, from 10-11:00 a.m. EDT.

    PLACE: This meeting will be held by teleconference through the National Science Foundation. An audio link will be available for the public. Members of the public must contact the Board Office to request the public audio link at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference at this email address: nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov.

    STATUS: Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: Committee Chair's opening remarks; approval of Executive Committee minutes of April 10, 2020; and discuss issues and topics for an agenda of the NSB meetings scheduled for July 29-30, 2020.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Point of contact for this meeting is: James Hamos, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314. Telephone: 703/292-8000. Email: jhamos@nsf.gov. Members of the public must contact the National Science Board Office to request the public audio link by sending an email to nationalsciencebrd@nsf.gov at least 24 hours prior to the teleconference. Meeting information and updates may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/notices/.jsp#sunshine. Please refer to the National Science Board website at www.nsf.gov/nsb for general information.

    https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-06-26/html/2020-13934.htm

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