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Recent Blog Activity
Analysis of the President’s FY 2017 Budget Request
Post by Tyrone Spady, Thursday, February 11, 2016
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Science Policy Committee Seeks Early Career Participant
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Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases “SEES: Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems” Dear Colleague Letter
Post by Tyrone Spady, Friday, February 06, 2015
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Analysis of the FY 2015 CRomnibus Appropriations Bill
Post by Tyrone Spady, Monday, December 15, 2014
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Federal Programs and Fellowships that Provide Support for Plant Science Graduate Students
Post by Tyrone Spady, Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Funding Opportunity: ARPA-E Announces New Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) Program – Concept Papers due November 17, 2014; Teaming Partner List Open
Post by Tyrone Spady, Friday, October 10, 2014
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Agency Update: Senate Confirms New Deputy Secretary of Energy; Other Nominations Languish
Post by Tyrone Spady, Monday, September 29, 2014
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Policy Update: National Research Council Releases Report Reviewing Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
Post by Tyrone Spady, Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Funding Opportunity: NSF Releases Solicitation for Science and Technology Centers (STC) Competition
Post by Tyrone Spady, Friday, August 15, 2014
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Appropriations Update: Congress Gears Up for a Continuing Resolution to Fund the Government into FY 2015
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ASPB Launches Clearinghouse of Federal Funding Available To Plant Science Grad Students
Posted in Public Affairs, Thursday, November 20, 2014

This report was prepared by Lewis Burke Associates, a government relations firm contracted by ASPB, and contains a list of federal government research scholarship, fellowship, and ... more »

Update on NIFA Matching Provision
Posted in Public Affairs, Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some of you may be aware that the new Farm Bill included language requiring funds awarded by the National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) ... more »

ASPB Applauds the America COMPETES Act
Posted in Public Affairs, Thursday, August 07, 2014

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) applauds the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014 (S.2757), legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate last week that would provide ... more »

Plant Scientists Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Posted in Public Affairs, Friday, May 02, 2014

SPB Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences Plant biologists join select group of top scientists  ROCKVILLE, MD — Several distinguished plant scientists – most of them ... more »

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