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. 

April 12, 2024 Update

  • Policy Update: CMS Issues Final Calendar Year 2025 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement
  • Funding Opportunities: 
    • ONR Releases BAA for Science & Technology for Advanced Manufacturing Projects (STAMP)
    • ONR Releases FOA for FY 2024 STEM Program
    • EPA Releases Star Solicitation for Air Pollution Data in Underserved Communities

March 29, 2024 Update

  • Congressional Update: Analysis of the FY 2024 Spending Packages
  • Policy Update: CMS Issues Final Rule to Streamline Medicaid Eligibility, Enrollment, and Renewal Process
  • Funding Opportunities: 
    • DOD CDMRP Releases FY 2024 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program Solicitations
    • NSF Announces Foundations for Digital Twins as Catalyzers of Biomedical Technological Innovation Program
    • NSF Releases Solicitation for Mathematical Foundations of Digital Twins

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

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

March 22, 2024 Update

  • Administration Updates: 
    • Biden Administration Releases FY 2025 Budget Request Under a More Constrained Budget Environment
    • White House Issues Executive Order on Advancing Women’s Health Research and Innovation
  • Funding Opportunity: EPA Announces Coastal Ecosystems Climate Resilience Request for Application (RFA)

March 15, 2024 Update

  • Funding Opportunities:
    • Congress NRL Releases Long Range BAA Basic and Applied Research
    • AFRL Releases University Center of Excellence for Data Assimilation FOA
    • AFOSR Releases FY 2025 Young Investigator Program (YIP)
    • NSF Announces New Global Centers Solicitation to Support Use-Inspired Research Addressing the Bioeconomy
    • NSF Announces New Confronting Hazards, Impacts and Risks for Resilient Planet Program (CHIRRP)

March 8, 2024 Update

  • Congressional Update: Congress FY 2024 Minibus Spending Package
  • Funding Opportunities: 
    • NSF Releases Solicitation for Ideas Lab Focused on Use-Inspired Applications of Cell-Free Systems
    • USAID Invites Concept Notes for New Strategic Partnerships for Advancing Research and Knowledge (SPARK) Program
    • ED Releases Mental Health Service Professional Demonstration Grant Program Solicitation

Lewis-Burke Analysis of FY 2024 Minibus

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