The House of Representatives appears poised to fast track legislation that would require federal agencies to use a merit-based selection process to award grants. Although most federal scientific programs currently award research funds on a competitive basis, other federal agencies do not.

The bill’s sponsor, Representative James Lankford (R-OK), told Science Insider that the bill is not aimed at science agencies and “would not change” how those agencies operate.

The provisions that concern the scientific community are the requirements for federal agencies to post information online about grants that are funded, including a copy of the proposal, award decision documentation and rankings, justification for deviating from rankings, disclosure of peer reviewers, and disclosure of other grant reviewers.

HR 3316 was introduced on 23 October 2013 and was approved by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform a week later.


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