UMN Washington Update

The University of Minnesota receives a weekly congressional update prepared by Lewis-Burke Associates LLC in DC with additional federal policy updates and funding opportunities. Amy Kircher ( is the University’s interim director of Federal Relations. 

July 12, 2024 Update

  • Policy Update: White House Issues Guidelines for Research Security Programs
  • Funding Opportunities: 
    • NIST Announces Notice of Intent for New CHIPS – Advanced Packaging Research and Development
    • NIST Releases Opportunity for Standardization Center of Excellence
    • NSTC Releases Workforce Partner Alliance (WFPA) Program
    • Natcast Releases Artificial Intelligence Driven Radio Frequency for Integrated Circuits (AIDRFIC) Program
    • U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration Releases FY 2024 Notice of Funding Opportunity for Enhancing Mobility Innovation

June 28, 2024 Update

  • Congressional Updates: 
    • Congressional Interest in NIH Reform Continues with New Framework, Engagement Opportunities
    • House Labor-HHS-ED Subcommittee Approves FY 2025 Appropriations Bill
    • House Proposes Funding Boosts for Department of Energy Fundamental Research and Nuclear Energy but Major Cuts to Renewable Energy
  • Funding Opportunities: 
    • Belmont Forum Announces Funding Calls for Africa Environmental Research and Tropical Forest Research
    • Army Applications Lab Releases BAA for Disruptive
    • Department of Navy Releases FY24 BAA for Naval Air Warfare Center
  • Engagement Opportunities: 
    • National Coordination Office Seeks Input on Digital Twins Research and Development
    • Department of the Treasury Releases RFI on use of AI in the Financial Sector

June 21, 2024 Update

  • Congressional Updates: 
    • House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2025 Defense Appropriations Bill
    • House Passes FY 2025 National Defense Authorization Bill
  • Engagement Opportunity: NIWC Pacific C4ISR BAA and ONR Code 35 Focus Area Forum
  • Funding Opportunity: The Institute of Education Sciences Seedling to Scale and Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Education Policy and Practice Grant Programs

June 14, 2024 Update

  • Agency Update: NSF Announces Trusted Research Using Safeguards and Transparency (TRUST) Framework
  • Funding Opportunities: 
    • USDA and FFAR Releases Solicitation for Innovation Challenge: Nourishing Next Generation Agrifood Breakthroughs
    • ARPA-E Releases 2024 Vision OPEN Call FOA
    • USAID Feed the Future RFI: Food Safety and Food Processing NOFO

June 7, 2024 Update

  • Agency Update: CHIPS NSTC Update
  • Policy Update: Department of Homeland Security Releases First Strategic Plan for R&D
  • Funding Opportunity: Department of Homeland Security Releases 2024 Nuclear Forensics Research Award NOFO
  • Engagement Opportunities: 
    • DARPA Releases BAAs for Quantum and AI Research
    • Tentative Dates and Location Released for 2024 Military Health System Research Symposium

Minibus Spending Packages: Implications for Research, Education, Workforce, and Health

Lewis-Burke’s analysis of the Minibus Spending Packages, FY24.

Lewis-Burke Analysis of FY 2024 Minibus

Lewis-Burke’s analysis of the first $460 billion FY 2024 minibus spending package.