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Department of Agriculture

Save Millions & Enhance Research Output Using Fewer Animals

Save up to tens of millions of dollars by reducing the number of experimental animals required to achieve the same biomedical research goals. In the US alone, an estimated $500 M to $5 B is spent annually on the purchase of 20 to 100 million research animals. Scientific advancements in medicine, disease treatment and prevention, public health, food safety, bioterrorism, and animal welfare are essential to society and... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Electronic Record Keeping for IRB research Processing

IRB processing is currently paper-based and horribly inefficient. Hundreds of pages of paper are used to process research applications for the most minimal-risk studies and usually take a full year to process. Gaps in the process due to forms not having numbers, forms being replaced with e-mail verifications, etc. make the process wasteful, time consuming, confusing and require extra staff to check for completion that... more »

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Department of Defense

Additional Tags for next year--Research-- in list to the left

All of a sudden I am seeing research related submissions. I looked to the left to see if I can click on it and I can't, when I want to go back to it. I would have used it a long time ago. Next year we need fewer duplicate tags or similar tags on the left, eg research would cover R&D also. That might help with having to wade through so many similar submissions. I don't know how you are going to figure out who would... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Clearing House for Research and Development

DoD has a clearing house for their unique requirements. Agencies outside of DoD spend billions of dollars or research but do not have a way to synergize these efforts to best use the results and avoid overlap and duplication. A clearing house, set up with the right technology and righ people, can put a dent in the overlap/duplication and assure better use of the research. This could lead to hundreds of millions of dollar... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Reduce Experimental Animal Use and Costs

Save up to tens of millions of dollars by reducing the number of experimental animals required to achieve the same biomedical research goals. In the US alone, an estimated $500 M to $5 B is spent annually on the purchase of 20 to 100 million research animals. Scientific advancement in medicine, disease, public health, food safety, bioterrorisn, and animal welfare is essential to society, but is also critically dependent... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Save $3.5 billion/year in Medication Error Costs

Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and... more »

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Department of Energy

Fully Privatize National Laboratories

Department of Energy national laboratories receive agency appropriations and funds from other federal, state or private entities. The management structure of most laboratories typically includes a for-profit partner. Laboratory management has successfully avoided fully disclosing its expenditures making effective oversight a challenge. By competing ownership of the laboratories (or divesting those in which the government... more »

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Department of Commerce

Science Collaboration: transparency of research/methods

There are 3 main benefits from boosting collaboration and increasing transparency within a governmental organization such as NOAA including increase public trust, reduced costs on training new lab members and/or students, and increased 'talk' between labs thus pushing the science forward. With rising costs of more complicated experiments, increasing scientific collaboration is one of the hottest issues today. There... more »

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Department of Defense

Consolidation of program funding

OSD manages $3B per year in program funding. $1.2B is like research also performed in the military services (Army, Navy, Air Force). OSD and military use separate overhead resources (2%) to execute research programs. Transfer $1.2B of like research to military and save $24M through elimination of OSD contractors, payroll, travel and duplicated research projects.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Redundant efforts in the NIH Data Access Committee review proces

Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) have been conducted by researchers around the globe to identify common inherited genetic variations associated with the risk of many diseases. In order to leverage its resources to ensure that the advances in genomics are available to researchers and incorporated into rigorous population-based studies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has instituted a policy which states that... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Establish federal survey research agreement

The federal government, through the National Center for Health Statistics and Department of Health and Human Services, fields a number of national health surveys, including the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Most of the data collected are publicly available and do not contain protected health information,... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Improve Research Efficiency - Institutional Review Boards

Currently, the Institutional Review Boards of each VA facility creates their own form based on the federal regulations for human subjects research. Rather than having every facility reinvent the wheel, there should be one standardized set of forms that are used nationwide. Furthermore, these forms should be migrated to an online system, which would save paper. The form for an average research study application in my... more »

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Department of Defense

Consolidate DoD Research Laboratories

The Army, Navy, and Air Force each have their own research laboratory. These three research laboratories share many of the same objectives, such as: Directed Energy Information Technology Propulsion Munitions Human Research Sensors Space Vehicles Materials By bringing these three labs under one DoD Research Laboratory, redundancy in research objectives could be eliminated. Furthermore, many of the directorates and programs... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Pointless Medical Research

There are real medical issues that impact Americans; diabetes, cancer, AIDS and scores of others. With that in mind, why in the world would we consider wasting money on research with no impact on quality of life or the fighting of health problems? For example, the National Institutes of Health funded: "The Association Between Penis Size and Sexual Health Among Men Who Have Sex with Men." The study reported, among... more »

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Department of Education

Locate more federal research positions at American universities

A large number of federal research positions are located at national labs. National labs have a higher billing rate than most universities. (An example would be a 100 - 200% billing rate at a national lab vs. 50 - 75% at a university.) Locating the researchers at an American university will also allow students better opportunities to work with the agencies they wish to work for after graduation. Undergraduate and graduate... more »

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