NIH Office of Science Policy Currently Recruiting for Supervisory Health Science Policy Analyst

Do you like a fast-paced environment where your work drives evidence-based policies to support the health of the Nation?  If so, a career in the NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) might be the place for you.  OSP works across the biomedical research enterprise to ensure NIH policy evolves in tandem with rapidly advancing science and technology.

The successful candidate will work on a broad range of cross-cutting biomedical research issues affecting NIH, focusing specifically on those affecting the clinical research enterprise. Specific duties would involve reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and participating in the development of new Federal policies to promote the coordination, standardization, and streamlining of federal requirements pertaining to clinical research, with a specific focus on enhancing protections for participants in clinical research.

This vacancy will be open until April 15, 2024.  Full information on how to apply can be found at:

  • NIH-OD-DE-24-12352367                                                    
    Applicants without prior Federal service, Federal employees without competitive service status, or those with status.
  • NIH-OD-MP-24-12352364
    Current and former Federal employees with competitive status, those eligible for noncompetitive consideration, and certain veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (VEOA).

Please contact OSP Chief of Staff, Kelly Fennington at fenningk@od.nih.gov, with any questions.  Also, you can follow us on X: @NIH_OSP

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NIH Publishes Revisions to the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules (NIH Guidelines)

NIH has revised the NIH Guidelines to specify biosafety practices for research involving gene drive modified organisms (GDMOs) in contained research settings.  These revisions include: 

Specifying the minimum containment requirement for research involving GDMOs;  

Articulating considerations for risk assessment and additional responsibilities for Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs) and Biosafety Officers 

NIH previously published a Request for Information (RFI) in August 2023 seeking public input on proposed revisions. The proposed revisions were informed by recommendations contained in the Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee (NExTRAC) report, Gene Drives in Biomedical Research.   

The revised version of the NIH Guidelines is available at https://osp.od.nih.gov/wp-content/uploads/NIH_Guidelines.htm. To assist IBCs, biosafety professionals, and investigators with implementation of these changes, OSP has developed a reference document to help ensure the safe and responsible conduct of research involving GDMOs in contained research settings.   Questions may be sent to SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov.  Also, please consider following us on X @NIH_OSP.

Summary of OSP Workshop on Transforming Discoveries into Products Now Available

The NIH Office of Science Policy has published a summary of proceedings from its workshop on Transforming Discoveries into Products: Maximizing NIH’s Levers to Catalyze Technology Transfer. This workshop focused on how NIH approaches patenting and licensing inventions from its intramural research program. Throughout the workshop, panelists, presenters, and the public explored how NIH decides what to patent and license, who NIH partners with, and how NIH negotiates those agreements.

The summary of the workshop, along with the webcast of the meeting and other associated meeting materials, can be found on the workshop website.

Please contact OSP at SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov with any questions.  If you are not yet a subscriber to this listserv, please sign up here. Also, you can follow us on X: @NIH_OSP

President Biden Issues “Executive Order on Preventing Access to Americans’ Bulk Sensitive Personal Data and USG-Related Data by Countries of Concern”; DOJ Announces ANPRM

Last week, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Preventing Access to Americans’ Bulk Sensitive Personal Data and United States Government-Related Data by Countries of Concern to protect Americans’ sensitive data from exploitation by foreign adversaries.

An accompanying Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) has also been issued by the United States Department of Justice that provides additional clarity about the proposed regulatory implementation of the Executive Order, including prohibited data types and thresholds. Written comments on the ANPRM will be accepted for 45 days.   

Questions on the ANPRM may be sent to the United States Department of Justice or submitted through https://www.regulations.gov.