U.S. Office of Management and Budget Releases President’s FY 2022 Discretionary Budget Request

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 discretionary budget request. The discretionary funding proposes $10.2 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $102.8 billion for the U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ED), $131.7 billion for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and $35.2 billion for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Some key investment areas are as follows:


  • Enhance fundamental research and development.
  • Address racial equity in science and engineering.
  • Advance climate science and sustainability research.
  • Strengthen U.S. leadership in emerging technologies.
  • Construct additional major research facilities.


  • Make a historic investment to support students in high-poverty schools.
  • Prioritize the physical and mental well-being of students.
  • Increase support for children with disabilities.
  • Support full service community schools.
  • Foster diverse schools.
  • Increase funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), tribally controlled colleges and universities (TCCUs), minority-serving institutions (MSIs), and community colleges to enroll, retain, and graduate students.


  • Strengthen national and global readiness for the next public health crisis.
  • Prioritize mental health.
  • Promote health equity by addressing racial disparities.
  • Expand access to affordable, high-quality early child care and learning.
  • Address racial inequity in the child welfare system.
  • Support survivors of domestic and gender based-violence.
  • Support research to understand disparate health impacts of climate change.
  • Protect rural healthcare access and expand the pipeline of rural healthcare providers.


  • Reinvigorate federal civil rights enforcement.
  • Combat the gun violence public health epidemic.
  • Invest in efforts to end gender-based violence.
  • Invest in community policing, police reform, and other efforts to address systemic inequities, including funding to support juvenile justice programs.

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NSF Announces the Spring 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will hold its Spring 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference, June 7–11, 2021. Registration is open and the webinar is free of charge. For those who cannot attend the live conference, all recorded conference sessions will be available on-demand shortly after the event.

Register here: https://nsfpolicyoutreach.com/spring-21-registration/

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NSF EHR Directorate Identifies Priorities for the Future of STEM Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate has released a report STEM Education for the Future: A Visioning Report identifying three priorities for the future of STEM education. The report also includes challenges and action recommendations for addressing each priority. To be successful, the nation will need to invest in new research and innovation infrastructures. Additionally, investments must be made that include all people, regardless of their backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and income levels.

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NSF SBE Directorate Provides Statistics about Underrepresented Groups in STEM Education and Employment and Offers Webinar

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate has released a report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering providing statistical information about the participation of these three groups in STEM education and employment.

The SBE is offering a webinar: Understanding Diversity in STEM: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities (WMPD) Day. The virtual event will highlight the report and celebrate WMPD in STEM.  

May 12, 2021, 11 am
Register here: https://sri.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_uhopx_4dSryY9LyAzIY1vw

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NSF 101 Blog Series Provides Answers to FAQs about Applying to NSF Funding Opportunities

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provides an informational blog series NSF 101 to answer frequently asked questions for applicants who may be new to applying for NSF funding opportunities or who want to learn more about communicating with NSF.

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NSF Offers CAREER Program Webinars

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing information on the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program solicitation NSF 20-525 on the following dates:

May 14, 2021, 1 pm – 3 pm
May 20, 2021, 1 pm – 3 pm

Register in advance for the webinar at https://nsf.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_CdBfoDo9QqCEV2h3roKiGQ

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NSF and NASA Sign Collaborative Agreement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have signed a collaborative agreement to expand activities for broadening participation in engineering. The collaboration will involve NASA’s Minority University Research and Education program, which engages underrepresented populations through numerous types of initiatives, and NSF’s Broadening Participation in Engineering and NSF INCLUDES programs.

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UF Research and College of Engineering Offer Engaging NASA Workshops

The University of Florida currently has more than 150 faculty members involved in NASA-funded research projects, but UF has significant untapped potential for NASA research. To address this potential, UF Research and the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering are hosting two workshops for faculty.

Current NASA-funded researchers will share their experiences and familiarity with space-related research. Together, presenters and participants will brainstorm how researchers can add a NASA component to research already funded by other federal agencies like the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy.

May 24, 2021, 1 pm – 4 pm
This workshop will focus on NASA’s current mission structure, its origins/history, and the Science Mission Directorate, which is the largest of the four directorates and the one that most overlaps with UF’s diverse research portfolio.

May 27, 2021, 1 pm – 4 pm
This workshop will focus on the remaining three NASA directorates in separate tracks: Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Space Technology Mission Directorate. Participants can select the program that is the best fit for their research.

To register, see the College of Engineering Engaging NASA Registration webpage.

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From the IES Director: Reflecting on Three Years at IES

This blog is part 1 of Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Director Mark Schneider’s three-year anniversary update looking back at some of the highpoints of the time he has served as director of IES. In part 2, Turning to the Future, Dr. Schneider outlines some of the challenges IES will be overseeing.

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From the IES Director: Turning to the Future

In part 1 of his anniversary blog, Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Director Mark Schneider documented the progress of IES, but there is a lot more work to be done. In part 2 of his blog, Dr. Schneider emphasized the following initiatives:

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From the IES Director: Catching Up When You Started Behind

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Director Mark Schneider revisited a theme that appeared in an earlier blog as IES becomes more focused on how best to help students catch up on unfinished learning resulting from the pandemic. IES recognizes that many students were falling behind even before the pandemic, especially the nation’s lowest-performing students. Every lesson learned about recovering must be utilized to remedy the downward trend.

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NCES Announces the 2021 NCES STATS-DC Virtual Data Conference

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will hold its 2021 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference, August 1620, 2021. This virtual conference is free and open to the public. NCES is accepting proposals from those who would like to present a session at the STATS-DC Data Conference.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, May 24, 2021.
To submit a concurrent session or exhibitor proposal, please visit

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Significant NIH Changes to Biosketch and Other Support Affect All Applications, RPPRs, and JIT Effective May 25, 2021

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced a change to the format of the Biosketch and the content of Other Support. These changes are effective for all applications, Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs), and Just-in-Time (JIT) reports with deadlines on or submitted after May 25, 2021.

What does that mean for you?

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NIH Revises Grants Policy Statement for FY 2021

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has made additional revisions to its NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS). This version applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2020.

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UF Research Launches New Research Lifecycle Website

UF Research has launched a new Research Lifecycle web environment designed to help all users — principal investigators, research administrators, study coordinators, and other staff — easily navigate to the information they need most at any stage of a project. The web environment is designed around a continuous research lifecycle that begins with finding funding and ends with closing out an award, then begins anew. Underlying all stages of the lifecycle is a commitment to research integrity and compliance.

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