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Grant bill advances

Legislation that would require federal agencies to post the full grant applications of researchers who have received federal funding on a central federal grants website was approved by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on 29 October.

The Grant Reform and New Transparency (GRANT) Act, introduced by Oklahoma Republican Representative James Lankford, passed along a party-line vote of 19 Republicans in support and 15 Democrats against.

The legislation would require agencies to post grant performance information, as well as information about individuals who participate in the federal agency peer-review panels that vet research grant applications, online. Agencies would also be required to provide losing applicants for grants valued at more than $100,000 with an opportunity for a debriefing, if requested.

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