- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of Dr. Suzette Kimball to be director of the United States Geological Survey. Kimball is currently serving as acting director. Her nomination is subject to approval by the full Senate.
- The National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) are collaborating to accelerate the process of moving biomedical innovations into the marketplace. The pilot program will bring NSF's I-Corps to NIH to help biomedical scientists become entrepreneurs.
- NSF has published a letter to ensure researchers are aware of the many funding opportunities available for international and cross-disciplinary collaboration relating to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. NSF is working with complementary programs such as the European Union's Human Brain Project to fund research on understanding the brain. The full letter and a list of available programs can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14082/nsf14082.jsp.
- NSF has released a new toolkit that highlights the impact of the agency's investments in fundamental research and the resulting impacts. Resources include an animated video about NSF's merit review process and infographics about NSF's programs, funding, and impact. Access the toolkit at http://www.nsf.gov/about/congress/toolkit.jsp#overview.
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